Promoting a healthy lifestyle in people with (profound) intellectual (and multiple) disabilities

Helena J M van Alphen, Leontien Bossink, Annelies Overwijk, Gertruud Henrike Schalen, Aly Waninge, Annette van der Putten

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It is generally known that a healthy lifestyle constitutes a beneficial way of living. However, evidence demonstrates that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) have unhealthy lifestyles; they barely participate in physical activities and consume an unhealthy diet. In the Department of Special Needs Education and Youth Care, research is carried out - in close cooperation with the Hanze University of Applied Sciences - to improve the daily support offered in order to promote a healthier lifestyle for people with ID. To date, research topics mainly focused on the daily support of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD). We would first like to present the development and implementation of a movement oriented intervention for people with PIMD, and results of a study into the role of support professionals. Thereby, we would like to introduce a new project aiming to create a health-promoting environment for people with ID by means of an education program for support professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 7-Nov-2017
EventHealthy Ageing Symposium: Perspectives from the Behavioural and Social Sciences - Faculteit Gedrags- en Maatschappijwetenschappen, Groningen, Netherlands
Duration: 7-Nov-20177-Nov-2017


ConferenceHealthy Ageing Symposium

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