HealthMeet® Webinar: Wellness for Every Body
Wellness for Every Body: Training for Staff Who Support Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The registration for this webinar is closed, and it is now only available on-demand.
Time: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 2:00pm to 3:00 PM EST
Carolyn Novak, M.S., R.D., Community Health Specialist, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department
Dianne Blaydes, R.D., L.D., Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department
Sarah Yates, JD, Program Analyst, Health and Disability Project, National Association of County and City Health Officials
Obesity is a public health epidemic, and the crisis is worse for people with disabilities. Adults with disabilities are 58 percent more likely to be obese than adults without disabilities, and children and adolescents with disabilities are 38 percent more likely to be obese than children without disabilities. To address this problem Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department developed Wellness for Every Body (WFEB), an online training program for direct service providers. WFEB uses an environmental approach that targets adult care homes for intervention and creates conditions that establish healthy living as the norm. The training is available 24/7 to teach the basics of nutrition, cooking, and physical activity so direct service providers can support active living and healthy practices in group homes and organizations serving people with I/DD. Due to its environmental approach, WFEB is applicable to other service provider settings, such as behavioral health, traumatic brain injury, and the elderly and people with physical disabilities. In 2013, Wellness for Every Body was recognized as a Promising Practice by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model and Promising Practices Program. Join NACCHO and Hennepin County Public Health to learn about this program and how you can use it in your jurisdiction.