From the Information Specialists' Desks
Surprise! What better way to gear up for an active summer than with a brand new NCHPAD website to provide you with several options for exercise, fitness, and fun? We invite you to take your time to look at all of the new additions to our site, such as:
- Physician's Toolkit
- Get the Facts
- Inclusive Community, Communication, Policy, and Training Resources
What are your thoughts? We would love to hear any of your feedback and recommendations for topics, resources, and other items you would like to see going forward.
CDC Vital Signs
CDC Vital Signs is a monthly series created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that highlights the most up to date information available on key health topics. We are incredibly excited that CDC has dedicated it's May edition of Vital Signs to adults with disabilites. They have created and compiled a wealth of information highlighting the health disparities adults with disabilities face and provided key information for adults with disabilities, physicians and other health professionals, and federal, state, and local communities regarding what they can do to help curb this health disparity.
We encourage you to go check out Vital Signs now! Below is the official announcement from Michael Fox, ScD, Acting Director of the Division of Human Development and Disability, part of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at CDC:
"On May 6, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the May 2014 issue of Vital Signs™, entitled Adults with Disabilities, Physical Activity is For Everybody. This report shares new data and calls to action on the importance of physical activity for adults with disabilities.
Key highlights of the report are:
- More than 21 million working age adults (18-64 years of age) in the U.S. have a disability, and nearly half of them get no aerobic physical activity.
- Working age adults with disabilities who do not get any aerobic physical activity are 50 percent more likely than their active peers to have a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, or heart disease.
- Adults with disabilities are 82 percent more likely to be physically active if their doctor recommended it.
- There are 5 steps that doctors can use to discuss and recommend physical activity to their adult patients with disabilities.
This launch will include a package of products and tools, including:
- CDC Vital Signs™ and Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR)
- Digital press kit including press release
- New Physical Activity Resources for Doctors and Other Health Professionals
- Vital Signs™ Communications Toolkit (available in PDF format)
Opportunities to Engage:
Please engage in this important release by using the Vital Signs™ products and tools and sharing the messages with your networks. We also encourage you to join us for the following event:
On May 13th at 2:00PM ET CDC’s Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) will host a “Town Hall” Teleconference and feature presentations from two states in the DHDD-funded disability and health network, focusing on their work and successes related to adults with disabilities and physical activity.
Logistic information for this teleconference will follow at a later date.
Please visit the Vital Signs website at www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns to learn more about, and become familiar with the types of activities that are developed to support Vital Signs. More detailed information on the Town Hall website is at http://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/townhall/
About Vital Signs:
Vital Signs is a CDC report that appears on the first Tuesday of the month as part of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, or MMWR. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use, health care-associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy, food safety and developmental disabilities."
American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) 61st Annual Meeting
- May 27-31
- Orlando, Florida
- This comprehensive meeting will feature presentations, demonstrations, and other activities highlighting all the latest in physical activity, exercise science, public health, and much more.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities' 138th Annual Meeting
- June 23-26
- Orlando, Florida
- The AAIDD annual meeting is one of the largest gatherings of researchers, practitioners, educators, advocates, and others to share and discuss the latest in research, practices, policy initiatives, and so much more.
Spina Bifida Association (SBA) 40th Annual Conference
- June 29-July 2
- Anaheim, California
- The Annual Conference serves as an opportunity for people with spina bifida, their families, friends, and caregivers, and organizations and professionals who work with and for this population to gather, network, and learn about the latest in research and programming relating to spina bifida.
North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity 2014 Symposium
- October 16-18
- University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, MI
- This year’s NAFAPA Symposium will be centered around the concept of “Generating New Scientific Knowledge in Adapted Physical Activity to Benefit Individuals with Disabilities.” If you are a practitioner or programmer, the vast number of sessions should provide you with invaluable information to bolster your programs and other efforts going forward. If you are a researcher contributing to the field, this represents an excellent opportunity to get your knowledge into the hands of those who need it and will put it into practice the most. Registration and submission information is available through the website. Abstracts are due by June 1.