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Should Hospitals Model an Inclusive Healthy Community?

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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.” 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.

Posted by Susan Silverman Oct 02, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments

How Kinect Can Help People with Hearing Impairments & Stroke Recovery

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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.

Posted by Gizelle Lachey Oct 01, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Family Fitness for people with a disability

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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).

Posted by Shelly Duell Sep 30, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

‘Inclusive’ communities

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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:

Posted by Kerri Vanderbom Sep 25, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Ladies: Lift Heavier!

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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.”

Posted by Katie Henley Sep 24, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

You Can Dance! Wheelchair Dancing

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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.

Posted by David Glenn Sep 23, 2014 Posted in Disability 3 Comments

I am who I am

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It seems like yesterday when I was the “different” one. I was the kid who kept asking to play, the kid who kept screaming to let me onto the basketball court. I was the kid with one leg, the one who would make things harder on everyone else.

Posted by Daniel Nong Sep 19, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

What is going on in your sports world?

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With the world of professional sports making news off the field than on it, I wanted to bring some semblance of happiness to my wheelchair sport world, that I know that I could probably use right now. As summer comes to an end, I so look forward, to the sport that I have been playing for 20 years.

Wheelchair rugby! Or Murderball, as it was apply coined by our neighbors to the north. I still remember my first day of rugby practice as a member of the Atlanta Rolling Thunder. I was about 27/28 and I had heard about rugby before but I had never seen it. I was too wrapped up in being a wheelchair basketball player, in which I would never start, because I was not that good.

However, once I saw rugby, I knew this was the sport for me. I just loved the contact of the sport. It is as close to playing football as I will get. The best part of being on the Atlanta team was that I a new guy on a team that had many veterans. Everyone was a veteran except for my co-worker, mentor, and friend, Bill Furbish or “Billy the Kid”, as I call him. No matter his age, Bill is always a kid at heart, seeking to get the best out of life. It was his leadership and direction that provided me a solid foundation for playing rugby and basically how to approach a life in wheelchair sports.

Although, I left the Atlanta team in 1997, I still see Bill playing for Atlanta from time to time. I don’t think he will ever retire since he co-founded the Atlanta team. Plus, I know he still loves to compete. I think it keeps him young at heart. It is because of his efforts and commitment to me that I have been able to play rugby for the past 20 years. Thank you, Bill.

I have another mentor that has been very instrumental in playing the sport of rugby. That is Bryan Kirkland. Bryan has been my teammate and more importantly my friend for the last 15 years. Bryan has been playing rugby for the past 20 years. He is a Hall of Fame Rugby Player. In my opinion he is one the All-time greatest athletes to ever play competitive wheelchair sports. His preparation, training and leadership are the fuel to his success. He is a big reason why my time with the Demolition has been filled with championships and Paralympic opportunities. To me, he is the ultimate leader and teammate. He always seems to set the bar high for all others to reach. I try and will still keep trying. Bryan, thanks for all your leadership and direction.

So, as I start a new rugby season, not knowing how it will go, I just know that I have had many successful years. My goal now is to provide the same leadership and direction that I have been given by others. This is what keeps me going. I know that there is still more to be accomplished. I take it as an honor and a privilege to play wheelchair rugby. It has provided me with so many competitive opportunities, social endeavors, and health benefits. Hopefully, it doesn’t end anytime soon. Now, isn’t this what sports is all about?

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Posted by Bob Lujano Sep 18, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

10 Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor for Tinea Versicolor

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Tinea versicolor is a skin disease caused by some types of fungal infections. Though the disorder is not lethal in character it is known to be capable of spreading in quick time. The disorder is more prone to occur in hot and humid weather condition.

Posted by Brendon Buthello Sep 16, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

How College Campuses are Becoming Increasingly Accessible

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With classes in full swing on college campuses around the country, students are finding themselves amidst a lot of change: rigid class structures, tuition and textbooks costs, new roommates, and so on.

Posted by Chris Miller Sep 11, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments