12-Week HealthMatters Program
Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Program for People with Developmental Disabilities
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12-Week HealthMatters Program for People with Developmental Disabilities includes exercise, nutrition, and health education components. Caregivers who have attended HealthMatters Program: Train-the-Trainer Certified Instructor Workshop lead the program.

Audience
People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The program can be completed at the community activity center, home, school, or work. The recommended class size is 6-10 participants. We recommend having at least two Instructors for the classes.

Program Goals
  • 1. Increase knowledge about healthy lifestyles
  • 2. Improve fitness
  • 3. Teach core concepts related to physical activity and nutrition

  • Program Activities
  • Program is 12-weeks long and meets 3 times per week (4-6 hours total per week) with following activities:
  • 1. Exercise class (60 minutes, 3 times per week)
  • 2. Health education class (30-60 minutes, 3 times per week)
  • 3. Program evaluation (before and after the program)
Development of initial evidence-based training was funded through National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
Instructors
Staff who attend HealthMatters Program: Train-the-Trainer Certified Instructor Workshop/Webinar will receive certificate to teach the 12-Week HealthMatters Program
Resources
Health Matters Curriculum
Health Matters Program Guide
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