Hemophilia and Maintaining a Healthy Weight
- Strong muscles can protect your joints from injury, and aerobic exercise (e.g. aquatics, walking) can reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Careful monitoring of your weight and routine evaluations by a physical therapist can help you develop a plan for your overall fitness and maintenance of joint function.
- Because exercise for people with hemophilia can result in injury and potential bleeds, you should consult your doctor before starting an exercise program or engaging in sports activity.
Maintaining a healthy weight through exercise and eating healthy can decrease the effects of chronic joint disease that results from repeated bleeding into joints, one of the painful and severe health problems of hemophilia.
CDC's Division of Disorders (DBD) worked with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) to make their 14-Weeks to a Healthier You! program safe and effective for people with hemophilia to use. Healthcare providers can raise awareness in the hemophilia community of the importance of maintaining a healthy weight by encouraging safe and effective activities for people with hemophilia.
14 Weeks to a Healthier You! is an interactive website that helps people improve their health behaviors, including their physical activity. By looking at each person's interests and abilities, the 14 Weeks to a Healthier You! website meets individual needs by providing
- New exercises weekly
- Guidelines for physical activity
- Weekly motivational and educational topics
- New recipes
- Weekly email reminders when new content is posted
- Personal coaching via live chat, email, and a toll-free hotline to guide participants through the program and assist them in applying the content to their own lives
This personalized exercise program can be tailored to the specific needs of people with hemophilia based on
- Their readiness to start exercising and change eating habits
- What activities they are already doing or might be able to do
- What barriers might limit their activities
The main interactive parts of the 14 Weeks to a Healthier You! website for people with hemophilia include
- Social support
- Written guidelines for physical activity
- Links to appropriate websites
- Supportive tools for behavior change
- Check-in accountability via e-mail/phone reminders
- Tailored reinforcement messages
- Problem-solving and relapse prevention training
April's webinar [550 KB] featured Guy Young, MD, presenting New Directions in Hemophilia. Dr. Young is Director, Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
DBD has monthly webinars on bleeding and clotting disorders. Check out the schedule of webinars for the first quarter today!
World Hemophilia Day is April 17th!
All around the world individuals and groups work together to ensure better diagnosis and access to care for the millions of men, women and children who have a bleeding disorder, yet remain without treatment. This year's World Hemophilia Day's theme is "Speak out. Create change."
Three things you can do to speak out and create change are
- Share these great new videos for people with hemophilia on strength, flexibility, balance, and cardio:
- View the "Playing it Safe" video and find out how you can help people with hemophilia exercise safely
- Encourage healthy eating and exercise by sharing the links to the resources highlighted in this feature
- Page last reviewed: April 14, 2014
- Page last updated: April 14, 2014
- Content source:
- National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Blood Disorders
- Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs