Every week, I go to yoga. Correction….every week I try and go to yoga. Whether I actually go or not, that's another story, but I know I should. Typical people are very aware of the things they should be doing to be and stay healthy. There are certain ideals that are instilled in us about our health, well being, and appearance, but for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this message isn't as clear to them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention got it right…"People with disabilities need health care and health programs for the same reasons anyone else does--to stay well, active, and a part of the community."
The Sidney and Lisa Glenner Keshet GADOL Program address these very issues. Keshet's new Healthy Lifestyles curriculum focuses on teaching basic knowledge of healthy versus less healthy foods, safe food preparation and storage, meal planning, shopping, cooking, as well as the association between eating well and staying active and healthy in a way that participants can understand and implement in their daily lives.
The program's main goal is to increase the individual's quality of life by improving existing secondary conditions and preventing additional conditions and/or developmental regression from occurring.
I think everyone can take a cue from Keshet's Healthy Lifestyles program. By taking care of your overall health, the benefits include: improved self esteem, better sleep, reduced risk of injury, prevention of certain cancers, prolonged life, reduced anxiety and depression, and stronger immune system, among many other benefits.
With all that being said…I think I will be going to yoga today.