Promoting Health and Leadership in Project SEARCH® Programs

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Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Promoting Health and Leadership in Project SEARCH® Programs
Thursday, October 12 from 2 - 3 p.m. ET

For people with I/DD, maintaining health and wellness is essential to achieving and maintaining independence, participating in society, and preventing the onset of secondary health conditions. Yet, people with disabilities experience poorer health than the general population and alarmingly higher rates of obesity and related conditions. The University of Cincinnati UCEDD and Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at University of Rochester implemented and evaluated the evidence-based HealthMessages curriculum with Project SEARCH students. HealthMessages is a 12-week health promotion program which uses peer-to-peer facilitation to learn about physical activity and hydration; as well as making healthy choices, lifestyle changes, and setting goals. This presentation will provide a summary of lessons learned from the pilot project.

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