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NCHPAD - Building Healthy Inclusive Communities

Part 1: How to Choose a Wheelchair


Have you ever wondered how to order a wheelchair that is designed specifically for you? Maybe you are unsure how to transfer from your chair into your friend’s SUV or how to push a grocery cart and your wheelchair at the same time.  Meet Mary Allison Cook. She is a wife, professional, and eight-time member of the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. With 23 years of experience as a wheelchair user, Mary Allison will answer all of your questions and more through a new series entitled How To: With Mary Allison. This series will give wheelchair users tips and tricks on how to conquer the world with confidence, ease, and style.

     

In this first episode Mary Allison will discuss how to design the perfect wheelchair, combining equal parts form and function. She will focus on proper fit, taper, wheel size, center of gravity, and much more.  You will learn that building the right chair can positively influence your body image, increase independence, and conquer inaccessible obstacles. Check out Mary Allison’s video, and the next time you are fitted for a wheelchair, you will have the knowledge needed to design one that is right for you.



 Remember to keep checking back for latest “How To” that might just help you!



Disclaimer: Proper precautions must be taken before you begin an exercise program. An understanding of your current health status and potential problems is necessary for you to exercise safely. Please contact your physician if you have any concerns. This program is intended to incorporate high-intensity physical activity into your daily life, but should not be used in place of physical therapy, professional medical advice, or treatment.


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