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NEW DOOR

Nutrition Education, Weight-management, Disability Obesity Options, & Resources (NEW DOOR) is a large, collaborative project on fitness and nutrition that explores barriers to healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities. It aims to provide accessible, disability-friendly fitness, nutrition, and peer-support activities, information, and resources.

  • It is a community-based program that educates, engages, and inspires people with disabilities and families to learn about and integrate nutrition and physical fitness activities into their daily lives.
  • It is also a peer-led program where people with disabilities are leaders, participants, and advocates, not patients or service recipients. We train the Disability Peer Fitness Leaders and create peer support teams in pairs, small groups, and larger groups. Participants engage in weekly or biweekly exercise and nutrition awareness activities and also form a support network, meeting a minimum of once or twice a month for fun educational and recreational events.
  • Thus far, NEW DOOR has inspired the creation of WID’s annual fitness fair and the creation of Disability FEAST, among other projects.

Watch this 4-minute video, which offers information by athletes and experts about disability and physical movement. It shows scenes from WID’s fitness fair, as well as interviews with three adult disabled athletes and advocates, a sports medicine physician, and a parent of disabled child who is active in sports.

Inspired to get up and move yet? Explore the NEW DOOR resources below:

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Disability FEAST

Disability FEAST (Food Education, Access, Support, & Training) is an online “cookbook plus” for people with disabilities and seniors. It has several recipes like a classic cookbook, PLUS dozens of tip sheets and external resources.

The disability and senior communities often struggle to get access to good, nutritious food, and thus, they rely on fast food or frozen meals. This causes long-term health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

Disability FEAST offers 50 home-cooked recipes that are healthy, affordable, easy to make, and delicious! The tip sheets and external resources add an extra layer of support to the site, addressing a vast range of different needs for grocery shopping, food preparation, and cooking as a person with a disability.

Click on the image below to visit the Disability FEAST website!

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Visit the website for more information!

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