Posts Tagged 'wheelchair'

The Real Triple Crown

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Here is something out of the gate sport fans: Wealthy owner makes controversial public statements. I know we have heard this all before from a certain owner from the west coast. But just in case you missed this episode of how to make obnoxious comments, I give you Mr. Steve Coburn who compared a horse race loss to playing basketball against a kid in a wheelchair.

Posted by Bob Lujano Jun 11, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Challenge Accepted

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It is amazing how one person’s words can stir up a community. In recent days, the wheelchair basketball community is in a frenzy due to Steve Coburn’s words in regards to his prize horse California Chrome losing in the Triple Crown this past weekend.

Posted by Daniel Nong Jun 10, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Get Out: Outdoor Activity Can Improve Your Health and Sense of Well-Being

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Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart disease, stroke or cancer as those without disabilities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participation in physical activity can reduce the risk of such diseases, but nearly 50 percent of adults with disabilities report engaging in little to no aerobic activity. A number of programs and activities are available for both adults and children with disabilities to help get them the exercise they need.

Posted by Gizelle Lachey Jun 09, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Married to the Chair-Just plain Busy!

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Well track season is here once again which means- I’m busy. My students say that they are busy as they complain about the number of projects I have given them, and I just laugh because I only wish I was as “busy” as I was when I was in college. Kinda like I wish I was as “fat” as I thought I was in college too! But when I say I’m busy now days it’s at a whole new level As in so busy we haven’t had time to go to the grocery store which means two things.

Posted by Kelly Bonner May 29, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Introducing adapted sport to a college campus

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Back in February, we hosted Adapted Sports Day at James Madison University where we invited youth with disabilities on campus to experience college and play wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. A colleague of mine, Dr. Thomas Moran, and I wanted to ensure that our student volunteers weren’t just watching the participants but that they had an adapted sport experience, too. So, we required the student volunteers to participate in the sports, also.

Posted by Josh pate May 13, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Be Active, Engage, and Play – Critical Keys to Live A Healthy Lifestyle

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As I studied the concept of Active and Healthy Aging for one of my recent blogs, I began to reflect on the concepts of Healthy Living and engaging in a Healthy Lifestyle. The definition of Healthy Living that I most relate to as a person with a disability comes from a 2003 article called “Health and Wellness: People with disabilities discuss barriers and facilitators to well-being”. Healthy living is described as “people with disabilities being able to function, be independent, having both a physical and emotional state of well-being, and an absence of pain.” [i] The walking program that I started in 2006 was born from the idea that I want to remain independent, be pain-free, and do what I want to do when I choose.

Posted by Kerry May 12, 2014 Posted in Disability 3 Comments

A Day In My Life

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Somehow the soft knock at my bedroom door wakes me up quicker than the melodic tone of my 8 a.m. phone alarm.

Elijah, who woke up in the bedroom next to mine two minutes prior to knocking, steps through the door.

He grabs me a pair of sweatpants and a t­-shirt, helps me sit up in my chair, and puts my glasses on. He’s been with me for five years. The morning routine comes as natural as waking up.

Posted by Kerry May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Unhealthy Weight Gain for those with Disabilities

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Having a physical disability can open various activity options that many can enjoy. What this means is that there are 56 million people with disabilities that do not have to succumb to doing nothing at all. According to an article by the Center for Disease Control in April of 2014, adults with disabilities are 58-percent more likely to have a problem with obesity and those that don’t have a physical impairment. For children, the difference is at 38-percent. This demonstrates that those with disabilities are not getting proper nutrition or enough physical activity in order to burn excess energy. Improper diet and lack of exercise can lead to

Posted by Ken Myers May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability, Obesity 1 Comment

A Picture-Perfect Opportunity for People with Disabilities

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Believe it or not, people with disabilities can now profit from active living, thanks to a brilliant new Web site. All you need is a camera, a friend with some photography skills, and a computer!

PhotoAbility.net is an online, “disability inclusive” stock image provider focused on lifestyle photos of people with disabilities. The goal of the site, launched by Deborah Davis, who sustained a spinal cord injury at the age of 18 and has since used a wheelchair, is to give advertisers the opportunity to help consumers adapt to differences and diminish their discomfort with those whom they see as different. 

Posted by Susan Hawkins May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Obesity and Disability Infographic:

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We have developed an Obesity and Disability infographic*. The Obesity and disability infographic can be used to educate readers about the prevalence of obesity for individuals with disabilities, the consequences, costs, and ways to prevent or treat obesity. Our lists of consequences and ways to prevent obesity are in no way exhaustive. At the bottom are a few resources readers can access for information on physical activity and nutrition. Also, references where the data came from are listed.

Posted by Kerri Vanderbom May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability, Obesity 1 Comment