Emphasize the PLAY in (P)hysica(L) (A)ctivit(Y)

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I often encourage parents, trainers, and coaches to look back and remember how much fun came from the countless hours many of us spent playing in our backyards, parks and physical education classes that helped us develop basic movement fundamentals without even realizing it. We were having too much fun to even notice! And then I encourage him or her to look at youth today and compare how much “play” many of them get to experience. 

Posted by suzanne Feb 23, 2011 Posted in Disability, Obesity, Uncategorized 3 Comments

Should I Exercise Outdoors? And Can I?

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A systematic review recently published in Environmental Science and Technology looked at existing studies and reported that there are benefits to mental and physical well-being from exercising in the natural environment when compared to indoor exercise. The comparison showed that exercising in natural environments was associated with various mental well-being outcomes such as greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement as well as with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity later.

Posted by Blythe Feb 16, 2011 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized No Comments

Receiving a Diagnosis

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Receiving a diagnosis that you have a permanent, debilitating disease is devastating. No matter what the diagnosis, you have to endure the words, “You have _______.” Those words are probably the hardest 3 words you may ever be faced with in your life or have already had the dreadful experience of being faced with. For me, I heard the words, “You have MS.” They were the hardest 3 words I ever had to endure.

Posted by Jess Feb 14, 2011 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Robotic Romeo

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O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? But this Romeo has nothing to do with Shakespeare and everything to do with robots being a companion and helpmate. And not like that…if you were thinking “hmmm, Romeo huh?”

Posted by Tessa Feb 08, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Special Place in Hell for 2 Nursing Home Workers?

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On the outside looking in, nursing home care can appear to be fine. There are hundreds of good nursing home workers for each bad one. Yet healthcare abuse happens all too often and can go unnoticed. This story is beyond sick and there’s surely a special place in hell for these two women.

Posted by Tessa Feb 01, 2011 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Ultimate Mountain Gig Competition Won By Ultimate Wheelchair Adventurer

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This fall, Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, asked people to apply for the “Ultimate Mountain” gig. The job paid $40,000 salary and required only four months of work that included blogging about their experience four times a week. The winner could ski for free, live at the Waldorf Astoria for free, get all new ski gear, spa treatments and more. And The Canyons has the first ever heated-seat ski lift in North America. Applicants needed to use “mountain” as a verb. If you liked the cold, snow and skiing — it was the ultimate job.

Posted by Tessa Jan 27, 2011 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Accessibility in the Kitchen

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Just as I seem to be always preaching to other fitness professionals that there is a huge market out there for them if they would get training and experience (and market to) people with disabilities, I realized in researching this article that this really translates into other areas as well. For example, contractors should learn about and market barrier-free design and construction services, both commercially and residentially.

Posted by Blythe Jan 26, 2011 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized 9 Comments

Mobility and Social Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities

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I recently saw an announcement that the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities (JPPID) is issuing a call for papers focused on “evidence-based policy and practice related to mobility and transportation as a prerequisite for social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities”. It makes perfect sense, though I don’t think many people realize, just how affected someone’s participation is in society by something that sounds as simple as getting around. 

Posted by Blythe Jan 19, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Camo-Clad Angels?

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When you picture an angel, you probably don’t envision the angel wearing camouflage, but angels in camo brought hunting to those who otherwise would not be able to participate.

Posted by Tessa Jan 06, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

86-yr-old Bedridden Granny with a Disability Tasered Twice by Police Officers

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From the land of wow-that’s-crazy comes this story of an 86-year-old bedridden grandmother with a disability who police officers tasered twice

Posted by Tessa Nov 23, 2010 Posted in Disability 3 Comments