Illinois HealthMatters CAP Statewide Conference held in Chicago

September 21, 2012

Chicago, IL

HealthMatters CAP held their Illinois Statewide Affiliate Meeting on September 19 and 20, 2012 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. HealthMatters CAP Affiliates are community-based organizations within the five regions of Illinois and New Mexico working with HealthMatters CAP Partners to build regional and local capacity to improve the health of people with DD. The following HealthMatters CAP Affiliates participated: Ada S. McKinley, Association for Individual Development (AID), Bridgway/IGE, and Community Link.  Staff and self advocates from each organization participated in a Paradigm Shift Activity, discussed Tools for Community Action, and explored Organizational Culture as it pertains to health promotion services for people with DD.  Affiliates and self advocates also received training for the HealthMessages Peer to Peer Program. Read More...

ARCA on the Move promotes health for ARCA’s employees and the individuals they serve

February 08, 2012

Albuquerque, New Mexico


ARCA’s Annual Walking Competition makes the ARCA Family Healthier Read More...

Doctorate student from United Kingdom uses HealthMatters Program in her Research

April 03, 2012


Lisa O’Leary visited HealthMatters CAP in April 2012. We asked Lisa a few questions about her research. She will be using adapted version of HealthMatters Program in her research. Read More...

ARCA Starts HealthMessages Program

August 06, 2012

Albuquerque, New Mexico


ARCA will be starting the HealthMessages Program! Individuals in ARCA’s day program will be teaching their peers and seniors at a local community center about health promotion.

For more information please contact Arielle Bernier Oetzel.

AID Launches "Cruise to Wellness" using HealthMatters Program

October 31, 2012

The Association for Individual Development (AID), our HealthMatters CAP Affiliate in Illinois!

To launch their new health promotion initiative, the AID Wellness Committee invited all AID clients and staff to embark on a virtual “Cruise to Wellness” on September 25, 2012. The embarkation was held at two central AID sites and was designed to generate excitement for clients and staff about improving their overall health through simple daily exercises, drinking more water and engaging in the
HealthMatters Program (clients) and Weight Watchers at Work (staff). More than 350 people attended and were energized and excited about improving their health! Read More...

Examining the Health Status and Needs of Older Women with Mental Retardation

Questions about health have always been important in research. People who do health research have tried to find out answers to questions such as: “How can we stay healthy as we grow older?” Read More...

RRTCADD Becomes a Special Olympics Regional Collaborator

July 1, 2008

The RRTCADD is pleased to be a Regional Collaborating Center for Special Olympics International (SOI).

NorthPointe Resources Starts New Peer to Peer HealthMessages Program

Zion, Illinois


Did you know that peers teaching peers has an enormous impact on health?

We are pleased to introduce a new
Peer to Peer HealthMessages Program that was developed as a way to improve health knowledge of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) living in our communities. Individuals with ID are trained to become Healthy Lifestyle Coaches(HLCs) and provide a 12-week HealthMessages Program to their peers using a structure that is practical to implement in community settings. A centerpiece of the Program is the Coaching Manual: An easy to follow, step-by-step guide for the HLCs to use for the length of the program. Mentors are also trained and available to the HLCs should they have any additional questions or concerns. Read More...