Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Beth Marks, Tamar Heller, & Jasmina Sisirak (2006)
Revised 3rd Edition

Table of Contents and Sample Files from the Curriculum

In the 3rd edition of the Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, we added twenty-five new modules based on our teaching experiences with participants of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Community-Based Train-the-Trainer Health Promotion Program. Thirteen of the new modules were developed for agency staff to introduce core concepts related to physical activity, exercise, and nutrition to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) (e.g., blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, good pain/bad pain, sleep, medications, safety). Twelve additional modules were created as a way of initiating and encouraging lifelong learning related to health and adoption of healthy lifestyles (six of these modules were developed through a project funded by Special Olympics International). Through the Special Olympics project, these modules were developed as a part of the Learning Through Pictures: Nutrition and Physical Activity Education Curriculum for Adults with I/DD.

This innovative curriculum is a 12-week interactive program specifically designed for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD). Each week participants enjoy three 1-hours sessions, where they are encouraged to:

• understand attitudes toward health, food, and exercise
• gain skills and knowledge about healthy eating and exercising
• identify food and exercise preferences
• participate in food preparation and exercise activities
• locate places in the community where they can exercise regularly

Strategies that are woven throughout this curriculum include: making choices, self-determination, self-efficacy, self-advocacy, and rights and responsibility, along with problem solving techniques and conflict resolution. Direct staff or health professionals can easily adapt the curriculum to meet the unique needs and capacities of individuals with DD and their agencies. The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (RRTCADD) has regional train-the-trainer sessions available for agencies or groups wanting training support. Training session(s) simulate experiences similar to the actual health education program. Trainers-in-training are encouraged to complete exercises that they will ask future participants to do.

Cost of Curriculum:
Softcover spiral bound edition - $70.00 (Item No 520.011)
CD Rom version - $25.00 (Item No 520.010)

To order this curriculum
contact us at the RRTCADD:
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If you would like more information about the curriculum or the train-the-trainer workshops, please contact:
Beth Marks, RN, Ph.D. 312-413-4097 [email protected]
Jasmina Sisirak, MPH 312-996-3982 [email protected]

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