Health Promotion

Use of behaviour change techniques by direct support professionals to support healthy lifestyle behaviour for people with moderate to profound intellectual disabilities

Annelies Overwijk Annette A. J. van der Putten Cees P. van der Schans Mariël Willems Thessa I. M. Hilgenkamp Aly Waninge First published: 08 December 2020 https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12845 Source: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities – Wiley Online Library Abstract Background Behaviour change techniques (BCTs) can be employed to support a healthy lifestyle for people …

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States Plan for Vaccinating their Populations against COVID-19

Source: The National Academy for State Health Policy Guided by evolving federal recommendations and limited vaccine supplies, states are refining their distribution plans that prioritize when specific workforce members and populations receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This chart “State Priorities for Distributions as of January 2021” below shows how each state is prioritizing populations in recently updated …

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Make Every Bite Count With the Dietary Guidelines

Source: Dietary Guidelines for Americans Download Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. This edition marks the first time the Guidelines provide recommendations by life stage, from birth through older adulthood. Each stage of life is distinct and has unique needs that affect health and disease risk. Early food preferences influence food and beverage choices later. And …

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Difference in Healthcare Usage, Pharmacy Prescriptions, and Healthcare Cost for Special Olympic Athletes Compared to Non‐athletes with Intellectual Disabilities

Source: Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities – Wiley Online Library Muhammad O. Al‐Heizan PhD, Brittany St. John MS, OTR/L, Lindsay DuBois PhD, Brandi Niemeier PhD, Karla K. Ausderau PhD, OTR/L First published: 30 September 2020 https://doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12363 Abstract Objectives Examine healthcare usage, pharmacy prescriptions and healthcare cost among people with Intellectual Disability (ID) …

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Next Chapter Book Club

“Next Chapter Book Club truly fits our understanding of literary activism and what that kind of movement can do. When any community is dismissed, when we lose a voice or an audience, we all suffer for it. Next Chapter Book Club is using literature as a way to bring people with intellectual disabilities into a …

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Intellectual Disability Service Providers Want to Protect Clients. The State Isn’t Telling Them How

Bars, restaurants, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have closed or are practicing social distancing in Arizona. But group homes and other programs have received little guidance, putting people with intellectual disabilities at risk. John and Christi Estrada, one of many Arizona families left without COVID-19 guidance. (Courtesy of Christi Estrada) by Amy Silverman, Arizona Daily Star, …

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Nutrition

Nutrition is vital to the healthy development and well-being of infants, children, youth, and adults, including those with special health care needs.  MCHB’s programs promote the nutritional well-being of maternal and child populations across the lifespan. Learn more about HRSA’s initiatives to support healthy nutrition for families. Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau Nutrition is …

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New Guidelines For Treating Adults With Down Syndrome

“We are so pleased that the quality of our guideline rose to the occasion of being published in JAMA, and we are deeply grateful to our families and self-advocates for pushing us to work on this difficult project,” says Michelle Sie Whitten, president and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, or GLOBAL, which spearheaded …

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Cause of death in adults with intellectual disability in the United States – Landes

The leading cause of death for adults with and without ID indicated on their death certificate was heart disease. Adults with ID, regardless of the severity of the disability, had substantially higher risk of death from pneumonitis, influenza/pneumonia and choking. Adults with mild/moderate ID also had higher risk of death from diabetes mellitus. Source: Journal …

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How The Deaf Community Challenged The White House—And Won

Like 48 million other deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States, Debra Fleetwood spent the first six months of the pandemic watching White House briefings without an ASL interpreter. A recent ruling will ensure that won’t happen again. Source: ForbesWomen – Allison Norlian “…a historic win stemming from a lawsuit filed in …

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