The Holistic Health Program is designed to improve health and wellness of all SOS program participants, staff, and families. This includes educating staff and program participants about healthy food options, implementing exercise into the programs, providing tips for better physical and mental health, conducting "Family Health Days," and more. This program will enhance all of our programs to reflect healthy lifestyle changes at SOS Health Care and in the home and community settings.
Health and Wellness Policy for SOS Health Care
According to the CDC, the prevalence of obesity among adults with disabilities is more than 50% higher than adults without disabilities. The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities report the usual care diet has not been effective for this population. Females are more than twice as likely to be obese as males. The increased rate of Type ll Diabetes has been concurrent with the increased prevalence of obesity. Childhood obesity is also a serious problem in the United States, putting kids at risk for poor health. Despite recent declines in the prevalence among preschool-aged children, obesity amongst all children is still too high.
In addition to the issue of obesity, comorbid health problems such as cardiovascular disease, are highest amongst those with disabilities. Individuals with Autism and intellectual disabilities frequently face issues with anxiety, depression, and other mood related disorders. These can be further compounded by a lack of exercise as exercise is useful to release endorphins and improve mood.
According to the CDC, people with disabilities can find it more difficult to eat healthy, control their weight, and be physically active. This might be due to:
The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities includes goals such as:
Recommendations for Health and Wellness
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