The Female Athlete Triad: Concerns and Preventions

Oct 04, 2014
The Female Athlete Triad: Concerns and Preventions

As a female dancer, I run into issues with timing of meals/snacks and figuring out what foods will give me the sustained energy I need to make it through ballet class and hours of rehearsal without making me feel heavy or bloated. I imagine other female athletes can share my frustrations; but before I talk about possible strategies to solving those problems, I want to address a serious concern for many female athletes. It’s known as the Female Athlete Triad.


Goalball becomes collegiate sport!

Oct 03, 2014
Goalball becomes collegiate sport!

BREAKING NEWS: UC Berkeley just started the nation’s first competitive college athletic team for individuals with a visual impairment. This is pretty big news. But you probably didn’t hear about it on your local TV news station nor did you read it in any papers because; it wasn’t there. The only spot I found reporting it is UC Berkeley themselves. You can read about it here: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2014/09/22/new-athletic-team-breaks-barriers-for-the-disabled/


Should Hospitals Model an Inclusive Healthy Community?

Oct 02, 2014
Should Hospitals Model an Inclusive Healthy Community?

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the concept of Inclusive Healthy Communities lately because I’ve been sitting in a hospital with my dad for the past month and have gotten to know the University of Michigan Hospital and central campus very well. The University of Michigan hospital has a program called “MHealthy.” http://www.hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/ which includes removing all  sugar sweetened drinks from the hospital dining and vending, having multiple MHealthy options in the cafeteria (which is open 24/7) and keeping serving sizes reasonable. The program also includes programs for patients and those who work at the hospital for Physical Activity, Weight Management, Mental and Emotional Health, and Tobacco and Alcohol Management. The whole hospital campus is tobacco free and there are lots of places to get outside and places to walk within the hospital. The University of Michigan campus has also  started using the modified “handicapped accessible” logo and has several examples of universal design.


How Kinect Can Help People with Hearing Impairments & Stroke Recovery

Oct 01, 2014
How Kinect Can Help People with Hearing Impairments & Stroke Recovery

In November, 2010, the first generation of Kinect hit the markets. The Kinect is a type of motion sensing device created by Microsoft, for use in game systems like the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The innovative Kinect system allows people to control the game without the use of a traditional game controller. Sales of the Kinect were brisk, with around 24 million units being sold by February, 2013. Parents and gaming fans flocked to retailers like Walmart to purchase an Xbox, one that would support the new Kinect technology.


Family Fitness for people with a disability

Sep 30, 2014
Family Fitness for people with a disability

When a family member has a disability, the need for medical support is met within the medical community through individual practitioners as well as the medical team. Therapeutic treatment is an ongoing process whether the person with a disability is experiencing a life-long condition or has suffered an injury or illness from which there is hope of partial or even full recovery. Please seek to find programs and organizations that can advocate for emotional support by accessing an online community of individuals and families who share the experience of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).


Women with Disabilities: Key Concerns Include Nutrition, Healthy Eating, and Weight Management

Sep 29, 2014
Women with Disabilities: Key Concerns Include Nutrition, Healthy Eating, and Weight Management

What are the Primary Health Concerns of Women with Disabilities?

A study and related article called “Health promotion interests of women with disabilities“, by Suzanne Smeltzer and Vanessa Zimmerman identifies some of the top ranking health concerns for women with disabilities. Key concerns include: Disability and Aging, Stress Management, Exercise, Nutrition, Healthy Eating and Weight Management, Health Promotion, and maintaining mental health. [i]   62 percent of the survey participants identified Nutrition and Healthy Eating as a concern. [ii] This piece will focus on Healthy Eating, my personal experience and encounters with professionals over Healthy Eating and Weight Management, as well as highlight some statistics, and available resources which can support Healthy Eating and Weight Management for women with disabilities.


Accessible Playgrounds and Fitness Areas

Sep 26, 2014
Accessible Playgrounds and Fitness Areas

 

When I was a little girl, I didn’t get to play outside much, mostly because I needed my wheelchair to get around. I do remember when I was about 7 years old, getting a swing set that was pretty cool. That gave me more time to play outside since it was in my front yard and didn’t require much travel. We did go to parks once in a while, but, as a general rule, most of my playtime was spent at home, with my own mini-Toys-R-Us, and that was just fine with me.


‘Inclusive’ communities

Sep 25, 2014
‘Inclusive’ communities

 

I chose to write about inclusive communities for this blog and I am finding it somewhat difficult because it can be a touchy subject and I wasn’t sure which way to go with it. But, here we go–This is my two cents on ‘Inclusive’ Communities:


Ladies: Lift Heavier!

Sep 24, 2014
Ladies: Lift Heavier!

After being in the health/fitness/exercise fields for 11 years, there are two things I’ve heard women say that have become my pet peeves. One is, “I want to lose weight without doing any work” (no joke, a woman walked into my office at the gym and that’s the first thing she said) and two “I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to bulk up.”


You Can Dance! Wheelchair Dancing

Sep 23, 2014
You Can Dance! Wheelchair Dancing

Losing independence can be a difficult experience for anybody. It may seem like your options are drastically limited in many ways, but luckily, there are tons of activities that can be done using a wheelchair that will keep you just as active as anybody else. One way that’s growing in popularity is wheelchair dancing.