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Disability & Health


Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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May 9, 2014

  • According to the new CDC Vital Signs report, nearly half of adults with disabilities get no aerobic physical activity—an important health behavior to help avoid and manage many chronic diseases.
  • Adults aged 18–64 years who have a disability and get no aerobic physical activity are 50% more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than those who get the recommended amount of physical activity.
  • Doctors and other health professionals can use CDC’s physical activity and disabilities resources page to recommend physical activity among adults with disabilities.

October 26, 2012

  • Women with disabilities aged 50–74 years are less likely to report receiving a mammogram than women without disabilities.
  • Difficulty with positioning while getting a mammogram may discourage some women with disabilities from scheduling regular screenings.
  • CDC offers free materials to help women with disabilities prepare for prepare for mammograms [PDF-997KB] and discuss any concerns with their doctor.

February 24, 2012

  • Research shows that people with disabilities are more likely to be obese, smoke, and have more difficulty accessing preventive health services than people without disabilities.
  • State-based data are needed to provide evidence for programs and services that can effectively improve the health of the 1 in 5 Americans with a disability.
  • CDC's Disability and Health Data System is an interactive surveillance tool to help state health departments develop programs that include people with disabilities.

June 3, 2011

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