Commit to Inclusion in Physical Activity & Public Health

April 13, 2016
Allison Hoit


Date:     Mon, Apr 18, 2016
Time:     01:00 PM EDT
Duration:  1 hour
Host(s):     Pam Eidson


Meeting Description:

A truly facilitating community is one in which health promotion activities are as accessible to people with disability as they are to people without disability. All individuals have the right to conditions and resources that ensure optimal health. However, ingrained socioeconomic disadvantages and structural, programmatic and attitudinal barriers within the community are now widely recognized as major contributors to health disparities experienced by people with disability. The lack of participation in physical activity is a serious public health concern for all Americans, but even more so for the approximately 56 million Americans with disability who are at a much greater risk for developing serious health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.  Physical activity can provide individuals with disability the strength and stamina required to participate in all aspects of life actively and successfully. The success of inclusion is greatly increased when various factors such as support, staff training and positive attitudes exist.  A well-planned “livable” community makes the right choice, the easy choice and includes people with disabilities.  Environmental barriers will be discussed and options to increase access to health promoting behaviors in the community will be provided.  This webinar will highlight two initiatives for promoting community health inclusion.  Commit to Inclusion is a campaign that promotes the Guidelines to Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Programs and Policies.  How I Walk is a social marketing movement to rebrand the word walking by challenging individual and societal perspectives.

Presenter Information:

Amy Rauworth joined Lakeshore Foundation in 2012 as Director of Policy and Public Affairs. She also works within the University of Alabama Birmingham/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative as Associate Director of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD). Ms. Rauworth is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist with ACSM. Ms. Rauworth conducts Inclusive Fitness trainings nationally on behalf of NCHPAD and specializes in accessible fitness center design. She serves on national committees including the Paralympic Research and Sport Science Consortium, American Society for Testing Materials Inclusive Fitness Equipment Design Task Group, and National Recreation and Park Association Health and Wellness Advisory Panel. Ms. Rauworth has 21 years of experience in health promotion development and implementation, focusing on the delivery of physical activity programming for people with disability across the lifespan.