Virtual and Hybrid Health Promotion Program during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Keywords:Autism, children, healthy eating, developmental disability, physical health, telehealth
Many adapted sports programs were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a need for alternative health promotion programs. This applied research study examined the adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of the I Can Do It (ICDI) program in a virtual/hybrid format to continue serving individuals with disabilities, during pandemic restrictions. All participants met or made progress toward physical activity and healthy eating goals during the 6-8 week program. Overweight and obese participants made improvements in at least one health measure (weight, waist circumference, or BMI) and healthy weight participants maintained healthy status during stressful pandemic conditions, indicating virtual/hybrid delivery of the ICDI program is feasible and effective.
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