Empowering people with disabilities to be healthy

HealthMatters™ Program meets the Administration for Community Living’s criteria for evidence-based programs under Title III-D Highest Tier Evidence-Based Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Programs. See all approved programs. Over 2 decades of research and translation into community sites serving people with IDD.

  1. HealthMatters Program Train-the-Trainer Certified Instructor Workshop (see description below)
  2. 12-Week HealthMatters Program for People with Developmental Disabilities using the Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities (View Table of Contents on Amazon)
  3. Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities: Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program (View on Amazon)

HealthMatters™ Program Resources for the Train-the-Trainer

Visit HealthMatters™ Program YouTube Playlist Health and wellness presentations and videos for people with IDD.

Improving Health Options and Health Outcomes 
Impacting over 10,000 people with developmental disabilities and over 2800 support staff across 35 states and 8 countries are certified HealthMatters Program Instructors Improved health behaviors and health status of people with IDD and supports including the following:

  1. psychosocial and physiological health status
  2. knowledge and self-efficacy
  3. fitness: FABS Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance, Strength
Health Matters Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities
Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program

Publications

  1. Efficacy of the HealthMatters program trainthe-trainer model (2013). Beth Marks, Jasmina Sisirak, and Yen-Ching Chang

  2. Impact of the HealthMatters Train-the-Trainer Program on the Health and Health Behaviors of Staff Supporting Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (2019). Beth Marks, Jasmina Sisirak, Yen-Ching Chang, and Ryan Murphy

  3. Attitudinal and psychosocial outcomes of a fitness and health education program on adults with down syndrome (2004). Tamar Heller, Kelly Hsieh, and James H. Rimmer

Training Overview

HealthMatters™ Program Train the Trainer Certified Instructor Webinar
An evidence-based, 6-hour training provides structured information on how to organize and start a tailored physical activity and health education program for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) in community-based residential and day/vocational agencies. The training can enhance staff’s skills, knowledge, and abilities to work with persons who have disabilities to become more physically active, make healthy food choices, and incorporate healthy lifestyle into daily living.

Audience
People working with individuals who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. At least 3 team members per organization must attend the training.

Learning Objectives

  1. Start and implement a 12-Week HealthMatters Program, physical activity and health education program,
  2. Motivate and engage individuals with I/DD in a physical activity and health education,
  3. Teach core concepts related to physical activity and nutrition,
  4. Support individuals with IDD to incorporate physical activity and healthy lifestyles into activities of daily living, and
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of your health promotion program.
 
 
 Instructors

Jasmina Sisirak
Kristin Krok
Beth Marks

Cost
$3500 for three-90 minute webinars for up to 100 participants. Please add $20/participant for materials. Health Matters Curriculum not included in the price.

More Information
Jasmina Sisirak

CEUs/CPEUs
Six (6) CEUs/CPEUs provided for Advance Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LSW, LPC, LCPC), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionists (RD), Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDP), Speech Language Pathologists, and Illinois Teachers (CPDUs). Add extra $15 per person for CEUs.

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