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Resources – Physical Activity – Health Care Providers

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Disability and Health Branch website has information and resources for persons with disabilities, their families, service providers, and healthcare providers.
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.
Guidelines for government agencies and community organizations to develop community health promotion strategies that are based on national recommendations and effectively include people with disabilities.
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 guide provides physicians and other healthcare professionals with a simple, fast, and effective tool for encouraging people with disabilities to integrate physical activity into their daily lives.
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.
This factsheet is part of an "Aging Well with a Physical Disability Factsheet Series" and provides tips and information on the benefits of exercise, setting exercise goals, preventing problems, and additional resources including links to online exercise programs and suggestions for exercising at home.
This one page infographic shows the 5-steps health professionals can follow to promote physical activity with patients who have disabilities. It includes physical activity guidelines, tips on how to ask patients with disabilities about physical activity, tips on how to discuss barriers to physical activities, recommendations for physical activity options, and tips for making referrals to resources and programs.
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.
This website has links to multiple on-line videos and self-paced courses on inclusive health and wellness for professionals in the fields of disability and aging, health care, public health, fitness professionals, educators, and more. It also includes a training for rock climbing instructors on inclusive climbing wall techniques.