Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 2 (March 2016)

EAGLES Soar Toward Health

by Dawn Krawiec, CPRP

The EAGLES program has changed their ways and we are proud of it!

SEASPAR, South East Special Parks And Recreation, is a nonprofit special recreation association in Illinois. The EAGLES program is adult day program and has 62 participants. Gone are the days of unhealthy eating and inactivity. Along with the HealthMatters Program we received a grant to increase our food budget to afford healthier food options. We were able to put our education from the HealthMatters Program to great use by taking the lessons we learned to the grocery store when shopping for our meals. We have cut out sugary drinks and drink water with lunch for most meals out of the week. We purchased a reusable water bottle for our EAGLES participants and staff to help increase the amount of water we drink each day.

The staff are teaching our EAGLES participants to snack healthy! Each site offers a healthy snack basket; we provide a variety of healthy snacks options in the basket each day. We have heard many praises from our EAGLES families thanking us for providing healthy choices at EAGLES. Our staff have worked very hard to change the culture at EAGLES through increasing the healthy food options as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle through activity and physical fitness. They are setting great examples by drinking water at program and continuing to encourage healthy behavior at EAGLES.

We are increasing our daily steps! Each participant wears a Fitbit during their time at EAGLES to track their steps. Those steps are logged and used to help us determine an appropriate goal for each of the participants in our program. We trained for and participated in our first ever 5K in the summer of 2015.

We are looking forward to spring so that we can get back outdoors! The EAGLES will once again start their training for the 2nd annual 5K as soon as the weather breaks. We plan to begin a Drink More Water campaign in April where we will focus our health and wellness energy on tracking our water intake. We hope to bring awareness to the importance of water and encourage yet another healthy habit.

March is Colorectal Cancer Month

According to the American Cancer Society, Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer-related cause of death in the U.S. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are much less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer.*

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:
  • Get screened starting at age 50
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
  • Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy
For more information, visit

*Ouellette-Kuntz, Coo, Cobigo, & Wilton, 2015


Fiber Up

Fiber is the commonly known nutrition component for healthy bowel function as well as reducing constipation, lowering risk for heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.  
Bran up - boost your fiber by increasing bran in your diet such as oat, wheat, corn, and rice. Sprinkle it on your favorite foods, baked goods, or smoothies.
Get sweet on peas - fresh, dried, frozen they are naturally bursting in fiber.
Slice it right - choose whole grain breads.
Go nuts - almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, chestnuts, pistachios, walnuts, pecans - they contain protein, B-vitamins, calcium, minerals, and Vitamin E as well!
Bean it - nutritious and inexpensive protein and one of the most naturally rich sources of fiber.

April 21, 2016 (2pm-3pm CST)
Falls among adults with IDD and prevention (REGISTER)

May 19, 2016 (2pm-3pm CST)
A Telehealth Weight Management System for Adults with Intellectual Disability (REGISTER)

June 16, 2016 (2pm-3pm CST)
HealthMatters Program Scale-Up: Multi-State Systematic Approach (REGISTER)

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