Effects of a National Health Promotion Program for Improving Health Behaviors of Individuals with Disabilities


  • Lisa Mische Lawson University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Bethany Hiskey University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Melissa Theleman




Adapted sport, body mass index, health promotion, healthy eating, mentoring, physical activity


The aim of this study was to determine if the I Can Do It, You Can Do It! program improved health of individuals with disabilities. Forty-seven individuals with disabilities aged 4-23 participated in the program and 31 completed pre and post-test health outcome measures. The majority of participants met their goals related to average number daily physically active minutes (79%), and physically active days per week (94%). 82% of participants met or made progress toward eating goals and 92% met or made progress toward beverage goals. Participants were categorized as overweight/obese, or under/normal weight and both groups experienced significant growth in height over eight weeks, but only the overweight/obese group also showed significant weight gain, indicating need to slow weight gain of overweight individuals with disabilities. Some possible contributors to the positive health behavior outcomes of this study included goal attainment measures, mentorship, and caregiver support.Subscribe to TRJ





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