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Fitness for People with Disabilities

Fitness for People with Disabilities

Thirteen percent of U.S. families have a child with a disability. Yet too often, children with special needs have been left out of the obesity discussion. To help families, schools, physicians, service providers, policymakers and journalists understand both the severity of the problem and the range of solutions, AbilityPath.org interviewed physicians, psychologists, public health experts, dieticians, researchers, advocates and parents. 
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disability. NCHPAD seeks to help people with disability and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities, including fitness and aquatic activities, recreational and sports programs, adaptive equipment usage, and more. This Section consists of factsheets describing various exercise and fitness techniques, modes, methods, adaptations, programming and related exercise equipment that can be used by, for, and in working with individuals with a variety of disabilities…

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