Inclusive Health and Wellness Initiative for Iowans with Disabilities

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been awarded a five-year, $300,000 annually, grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Iowa was one of 19 states to be awarded funding through the "Improving the Health of People with Mobility Limitations and Intellectual Disabilities through State-based Public Health Programs" grant.

The purpose of the grant is to promote and maximize health, prevent chronic disease, and increase the quality of life among Iowans with disabilities.

Grant funding from the CDC will support the following activities, with an emphasis of improving the health of Iowans with disabilities through increased physical activity, better nutrition and healthy weight:

  • Improve Iowa public health system capacity
  • Build healthy, inclusive Iowa communities
  • Develop Iowa disability service organization capacity
  • Increase Iowa healthcare provider knowledge and accessibility

Wellness Programs for Disability Service Organizations

The Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Disability and Health Program is encouraging Iowa-based organizations providing services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to promote physical activity, good nutrition and healthy weight to the individuals they serve.  IDPH seeks to support approximately 12 disability service organizations to host one of three available wellness programs.  The programs available to implement are 14 Weeks to a Healthier You!, Walk With Ease, and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Better Choices, Better Health. Organizations will be selected on a first come, first served basis and we will attempt to have a variety of organizational participants based upon interested applicants.Contracts are contingent on available funding.

Interested organizations should download the following recruitment information and submit their interest by noon on April 25 by completing the form at https://forms.gle/66mpj98AF6sHSrkHA.

Program recruitment information PDF

2018 Success Story - 14 weeks to a Healthier You in Iowa  PDF

Virtual Inclusive Fitness Training

Join the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) for a two-day virtual workshop covering the basics of inclusive fitness on March 30-31st, 2021 from 11:00am -3:00pm CT on both days. This event will include everything from disability education, fitness programming, specific disability types and more. This training will also address access and inclusion for people with a disability during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Expense for this workshop will be covered under Grant Cooperative Agreement Number U59DD000906 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Participation is encouraged for the full event; however, individual session participation is allowed. Please indicate which sessions you will be attending on the registration form.CEC's will be provided through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). If CEC's are needed for another organization, a certificate of completion will be provided. Please note that the CEC's will be provided in accordance with the number of sessions you participate in.

March 30, 2021 11:00-3:00 CST
March 31, 2021 11:00- 3:00CST

Click here to Register

Information regarding COVID-19

For the latest information regarding COVID-19:

Workout from Home - Options for People with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions

It is especially important for people to stay active during this time.  Exercise can help boost immunity and keep us in good physical and mental health. 

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) has curated a playlist of top exercise from home videos on their YouTube channel for kids and adults.  The playlist includes 32 options for all abilities to choose an exercise mode that works and is enjoyable to them.  Example exercise videos include: inclusive yoga class, standing and seated cardio workouts, strength activities using household items, high intensity workouts and much more!  Get ready, set and move -> https://bit.ly/2Qoliao

IDPH's Disability and Health Program is making the NCHPAD’s 14 Weeks to a Healthier You! available to organizations and individuals for free. The 14 Weeks videos and curriculum focus on increased physical activity and improved nutrition among people with disabilities. This program is available by contacting Maggie Ferguson at maggie.ferguson@idph.iowa.gov. 

Or individuals can follow an on-line, self-guided version of the 14 Weeks to a Healthier You! at http://www.nchpad.org/14weeks/?f=IA. This program is also available at no cost to you.

HyVee KidsFit program, through a partnership with the IDPH Disability and Health Program, added exercise demonstration videos to their playlist that include modified exercises for individuals with disabilities.  Visit https://hy-veekidsfit.com/movement-breaks/ to learn more.

Disability Inclusion Technical Assistance Available

We are available to provide information and technical assistance to organizations wishing to provide more inclusive programs and services through accessible environments and targeted outreach. Additional resources are also available at www.livingwelliowa.org

For more information about the Disability and Health Program contact:

  • Maggie Ferguson, MS, CRC, CBIS, Program Manager  (515) 281-8465
  • Karin Ford, MSPS, IACEM  (515) 242-6336

Disability and Health Program flyer  PDF