People with Disabilities
Have You Heard? Facts From The Field is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.
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May 12, 2014
- The Michigan Department of Community Health expanded EnhanceFitness—a low-cost, evidence-based group exercise program—to increase accessible physical activity options for those with disabilities, reaching more than 4,000 participants of all abilities in 2013.
- The South Carolina Interagency Office of Disability and Health promotes healthier lifestyles for people with intellectual disabilities through the Steps to Your Health program, reaching 5,200 participants in 40 of 46 counties. Participants had an average weight loss of at least 5 pounds, and 70% were able to increase or maintain their physical activity level.
November 3, 2011
- States spend approximately $400 billion per year on health care costs associated with disability, ranging from $598 million in Wyoming to $40.1 billion in New York.
- The Illinois Disability and Health Program partnered with three medical schools to develop a new curriculum that trained over 1,500 students on improving communication with and access for patients with disabilities.
- The Kansas Disability and Health Program influenced state policy changes for establishing and operating emergency medical shelters to better support people with disabilities.
- Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015
- Page last updated: November 9, 2015
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