Health—physical, mental and emotional—is a key ingredient to living well. People with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by poorer overall health due to barriers to health care and increased rates of chronic diseases. Furthermore, they often experience secondary conditions such as pain, fatigue, weakness and depression. Many of these conditions can be prevented or alleviated with lifestyle modifications and preventive care.
People with disabilities are more likely to experience the following risk factors compared to people without disabilities:
- Experience difficulties or delays in getting the health care they need.
- Not have had an annual dental visit.
- Not have had a mammogram in past two years.
- Not have had a Pap test within the past three years.
- Not engage in fitness activities.
- Use tobacco.
- Be overweight or obese.
- Have high blood pressure.
- Experience symptoms of psychological distress.
- Receive less social-emotional support.
- Have lower employment rates.
- (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Other Helpful Resources
CDC’s Disability and Health Resources – This web site provides resources for people with disabilities to stay well, be active, and be a part of the community.
Student Health and Wellness Guide – Quick guide from OnlineColleges.net that provides various health and wellness tips, related to exercise, nutrition, sleep and more, for students.