The NYS Disability and Health Program would like to share two physical activity resources recently released.
The Inclusive Fitness Toolkit was developed from work completed under the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Inclusive Fitness Initiative by project grantees: Cornell University’s Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Daemen College, and SUNY Upstate Medical Center. The goal of the Initiative was to enhance access to and inclusion in community fitness/wellness programming by individuals with developmental and other disabilities.
This toolkit is designed to help fitness/wellness professionals consider the needs of individuals with developmental and other disabilities when designing and implementing programs and services. It contains information about the legal, human and practical aspects of inclusion. The contents of the toolkit are designed for use by individual fitness professionals and may also be used for conversations and/or in-service training with staff, colleagues, and clients. You don’t need to be a decision maker in the organization to use this toolkit; everyone from janitorial staff, to receptionists, to part-time instructors, to gym owners, anyone who interacts with customers and clients will find information they can use!
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) recently released a 25-minute seated workout on their YouTube page. This video will guide you through several strength and cardio activities to increase your heart rate and help you meet your physical activity goals.
Everybody needs physical activity for good health. Most adults with disabilities are able to participate in physical activity, yet nearly half of them do not get any aerobic physical activity. Adults with disabilities are more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities. Physical activity can help reduce the impact of these chronic diseases. Disability does not have to equal poor health1.
NYS Disability & Health Program Team – https://www.health.ny.gov/community/disability/
National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) -