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Presentation by Donna Flanery at 2013 Texas Statewide Independent Living Conference, Take a Stand to Take a Seat, in Austin, Texas

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  • 1. JOIN IN, GET MOTIVATED, AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE By Donna J. Flanery

2. Physical activity is beneficial to the health and welfare of an individual. This statement has more significance to the population of individuals with disabilities due to a higher level of health needs. 3. Individuals with disabilities generally have high medical needs due to chronic medical conditions and spend more time in the emergency rooms than individuals without disabilities. 4. Over the years, many studies have shown that increased physical activity can result in . Improved Health Mental Well-Being Sense of Worth or Purpose 5. Improved Health Fewer trips to the doctor Taking less medication More energy 6. Mental Well-Being Happier Fewer Behaviors A sense of belonging 7. Sense of Worth or Purpose I can attitude Learning new skills Developing relationships 8. Making a Choice It is important that an individual is involved in helping choose which activities he or she participates in. This allows the individual to take ownership in the activity and increases the chance of following through with the activity. 9. Challenges Transportation Lower incomes (physical activities are not a priority) Obesity (due to lack of physical activity) Medical Issues 10. How do we turn it around? Build relationships within the community (offer someone a ride) Find activities that the individual can JOIN IN for little or no cost Say Yes, I can Choose movement (exercise) 11. ARC of Bell County 12. What do we offer? Special Olympics Activities Dances Bingo Zumba Camp Funshine Demonstrations 13. What can you do in your neighborhood to get motivated? ZUMBA Demonstration 14. Change Your Life Dont sit on the sidelines Find an activity that you like to do You dont have to be perfect, participate as much as you can (Modify) Make a plan, follow it an see where you are in 6 months