Wellness for Every Body is a physical activity and nutrition initiative to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead healthier lives. Poor diets and inactivity are related to obesity, heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, and high blood pressure, and people with disabilities have a higher rate of these chronic health conditions. Improved nutrition and increased physical activity can help control or prevent these conditions, resulting in an improved quality of life. This approach shifts the whole system in a healthier direction. By offering instruction to the people who work most closely with adults who have disabilities, this program aims to ensure that home and work environments provide opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
Take the first step. Complete an assessment to determine your needs.
Handouts - Sample model policy/guideline statement (PDF), Action plan template (DOC)
As any staff member providing support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities knows, meal and snack times can be challenging. People’s food preferences, special diets, food budgets, staff time and staff knowledge all influence what is put on the table. This educational series developed by Hennepin County will help you better understand healthy eating and how it relates to the health of the people you support.
The series consists of an introduction to the series and five nutrition video sessions and four cooking demonstrations. Each video is designed to build on the information from the one before it. Start with Nutrition 1 and work your way through the series, ending with the cooking demonstrations. After viewing each video, download and complete each quiz. Give all completed quizzes to your manager. After viewing all of the videos, practice what you’ve learned with the e-learning activity provided.
Ready? Get started by viewing this: Introduction to the Nutrition Video Series.
Plan a healthy diet using different food groups.
Handouts - Handy Portion Chart (PDF), Making a Healthier Pizza (PDF), Eat Well Plate chart (PDF), Fruits and Vegetables by Season (PDF)
Explore the difference between nutrient-rich and nutrient poor foods.
Handouts - Fruits and Vegetables by Color (PDF), Tips to increase calorie and protein intake (PDF)
Use the nutrition label to make better food choices.
Handouts - Food and Drug Administration nutrition facts label (PDF)
Recognize food sources of fats, sugar and sodium.
Handout - Nonfood rewards (PDF)
Get more nutrient-rich foods for less.
Handouts - Menu planning basics for regular diets (PDF), menu plan template (PDF), sample weekly menus (PDF)
Healthy cooking demonstration videos
Learn healthy cooking techniques and methods to prepare quick, tasty recipes demonstrated by Chef Ross with the University of Minnesota Extension Service Simply Good Eating Program.
Healthy Cooking Demonstrations
Healthy skillet lasagna
Corn and bean salad
Practice what you’ve learned.
Wellness for Every Body nutrition e-Learning module
Physical Activity Training
This training was developed in partnership with the Courage Center to help staff improve the physical activity environment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For best results, watch each of the three videos in order. Watch each video, then print and take the corresponding quiz. Give all completed quizzes to your manager. After viewing all of the videos, practice what you’ve learned with the e-learning activity provided.
Build fitness routines for all ability levels.
Handout - Physical activity basics (PDF)
Add physical activity into everyday life.
Handout - Bringing activities into daily routines (PDF)
Find low-cost/free physical activity options every day.
Handout - Creative and inexpensive physical activity options (PDF), Reviewed fitness video/DVD handout (PDF)
Action plan sample
Practice what you’ve learned.
Wellness for Every Body physical activity e-Learning module