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Resources – Disability-Specific Health Promotion Programs

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.
The Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT) certification is a collaboration between the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability. It prepares trainers to work with people who have health risks and/or physical limitations and create adapted programming that promotes safe, effective training, and empower all individuals to lead a healthy lifestyle.
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.
This guide helps communities plan and promote greater access to programs and services for people with disabilities in health promotion and wellness initiatives. This builds on the Community Health Inclusion Index (CHII).
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.
The Health U. curriculum contains nutrition education materials for adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities. The goal of the Health U. program is to encourage a healthy lifestyle and the curriculum includes 10 lessons with variations depending on the needs of the group. The course is designed to be taught by registered dietitians or others with a nutrition background.
This 36-session, 12-week course is an evidence based program designed specifically to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities. The program focuses on healthy eating, portion control, and physical activity.
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.