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Resources – Disability-Specific Health Promotion Programs – People with Disabilities

This is a free personalized web-based physical activity and nutrition program for people with mobility limitations, chronic health conditions, and physical disabilities. The goal of the program is to help all individuals get moving and make healthy nutrition choices. Individuals can sign up for free and have personalized weekly exercise and nutrition tips available to them including recipes, motivational resources, tools to help track activity and nutrition, and opportunities to connect with others. The program can also be used by organizations wishing to conduct it within their organization or community for a group of individuals.
Commit to Inclusion is a global campaign to end the exclusion of people with disabilities from physical activity and other associated areas by encouraging guidelines and programming that empower people with disabilities to lead healthy, active lives. Their website has resources to make organiztions more inclusive in the areas of communication, physical activity, healthy eating, and nutrition.
The Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) program is designed to assist in improving fitness and overall wellbeing of the Special Olympics community, including athletes, coaches, family members, and staff. The program is flexible and can be tailored to individual or team goals and interests.
HealthMeet is an initiative of the ARC to address health disparities and increase the quality of life of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Their website has reports, factsheets, and toolkits for consumers with intellectual disabilities, their families, disability service providers and healthcare professionals.
A website that provides a comprehensive guide to accessible trails in Iowa and other states with descriptions, photos, and reviews to help plan your next wheelchair accessible trail adventure.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a program that can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes for people with prediabetes. It is a year-long program with the goals to help participants increase physical activity and reduce body weight. There is a cost associated with participating in the program but it may be covered by health insurance and some sites have scholarships available. This resource provides information about Iowa’s program and an interactive Google map with links to NDPP sites in Iowa.
SCI-Ex is a free exercise app designed for individuals with spinal cord injuries. It features video demonstrations with detailed descriptions of proper equipment use, accurate transfer methods, and adaptive exercise techniques. The app allows users to choose exercises appropriate for their injury level, set and track fitness goals, save information on their exercise routine, and includes links to useful resources.
This website features on-line videos created for people with intellectual disabilities on many different topics, including healthy eating, exercise, and living a healthy life.