February is American Hearth Month with a focus on heart health! Heart disease and hypertension, or high blood pressure, are a serious concern for many people, including people with disabilities. For people with disabilities, managing chronic conditions like hypertension while also managing their disability can be a challenge. We found some resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere which may help people with disabilities increase their activity and aim for heart health.
- Healthy Community Living includes the Living Well in the Community curriculum is a 10-week workshop for people with disabilities who want to set goals to support their overall quality of life and wellbeing. Living Well and the entire Health Community Living program are offered through Centers for Independent Living and other community centers across the US.
- Partnerships in Wellness is a health promotion program that pairs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) with a partner without IDD. Download the manual to start a program in your area!
- The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center offers factsheets and videos for exercise and fitness after spinal cord injury and exercise after burn injury.
- The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Serious Mental Illness has a collection of resources for physical activity and engagement, including bike riding, yoga, and geocaching.
- The National Center on Integrated Health Care and Self Directed Recovery has a suite of integrated health and mental health care tools to promote physical health and wellness among adults in mental health recovery like a wellness activities manual and the Whole Health Action Management guide.
- The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability offers a large collection of articles, videos, programs, and other resources to encourage physical activity and wellness. The latest additions include a toolkit for hosting an inclusive virtual wellness class and a guide for how to talk to your doctor about health and wellness. You can also check out their Guide to Health and Wellness for Aging.