From the Information Specialist's Desk
- Children's News!
Coming soon: NCPAD's children's Web site! We encourage your suggestions, as we are in the developmental stages of this exciting Web site that will provide children with disabilities the opportunity to become more physically active and interact with other children with and without disabilities. E-mail your ideas to Cheeri Ong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As voiced in this month's Director's corner, children with and without disabilities need to be included in sports and recreation. Moreover, children must be encouraged to choose physical activities over sedentary behaviors. Epstein and Roemmich (2001) reviewed why people choose physical or sedentary activities, and how this information can help to design public health interventions. Read the abstract at http://www.ncpad.org/124/1014/Reducing~sedentary~behavior~~Role~in~modifying~physical
The CDC Verb Campaign, which aims to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and heighten awareness of options and opportunities for "tween" (children ages 9-13) participation in physical activity, can be located at http://www.ncpad.org/658/2675/2004-03-01#1. The Campaign also has excellent materials in a variety of languages, as well as good resources at http://www.ncpad.org/658/2675/2004-03-01#2
- Make Nutrition Part of Your Health Promotion Program!
March is National Nutrition Month. See the Illinois Center on Health Promotion, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Disability hosted by NCHPAD at <>a href="http://www.ncpad.org/nutrition/" target=_blank>http://www.ncpad.org/nutrition/. This Web site has general nutrition guidelines on serving sizes, the food pyramid, and food labels, as well as condition-specific guidelines for persons with Alzheimer's disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury. The American Dietetic Association also has an excellent nutrition education campaign at http://www.ncpad.org/658/2675/2004-03-01#3, as well as many other useful resources.
- Health Promotion for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis
March also is National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month. See the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Web site at http://www.ncpad.org/658/2675/2004-03-01#4, or contact it (e-mail: email@example.com; T: 800-225-6495) for your free MS Awareness Month kit. Access NCPAD's MS fact sheets at http://www.ncpad.org/99/733/Multiple~Sclerosis~and~Nutrition, http://www.ncpad.org/70/520/Multiple~Sclerosis, http://www.ncpad.org/155/1175/Multiple~Sclerosis~and~Exercise, and http://www.ncpad.org/156/1192/Multiple~Sclerosis~~~Designing~an~Exercise~Program
- Sled Hockey Video Clip!
View the new addition to our video clip library at http://www.ncpad.org/content/61/Video
- Call for Writers!
$$Writers needed!! NCHPAD needs factsheets on physical activity and the disability areas of ADHD, chronic heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, epilepsy, and spina bifida. If you or someone you can recommend is an expert in any of these areas and would be interested in writing a short factsheet on the topic, please contact Jennifer Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.