Ensure that the activity is fun and involves social interaction. Policies in this, as in other areas, reflect active participation often initiation by the membership. While the determinants of physical activity as well as sedentary behavior have been studied extensively in children and adults without disabilities, there is limited published information on the facilitators and barriers to participation in people with ID. By publishing a thematic issue that specifically addresses the salient health concerns of people with ID, the Institute has made healthy living a priority for a traditionally underserved population. J Sport Rehabil ; There have been efforts to develop and evaluate strategies to improve fitness and increase activity levels. Overall, the program resulted in increased knowledge, healthier diet, more frequent exercise and a reduction in body mass index.
It urged Congress to increase appropriations for vocational rehabilitation programs and pointed out the need for additional grants to states for maternal and child health programs.
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In order to develop, implement, and evaluate effective strategies for behavior change in people with ID, it is important that researchers and service providers consider the realities of their own culture as well as the available resources. Philip Roos moved from a background in clinical psychology to become superintendent of the Austin State School, a public facility for the mentally retarded. Even more importantly, physical activity promotion must involve care providers. A year follow-up study. Including physical activity into the daily routines of people with ID can also promote health. J Adv Nurs ; Be prepared to modify activities to accommodate all abilities.