The specific aim of DRRPII is to develop a set of methods and criteria that can be used to systematically identify, adapt, and modify recognized evidence-based obesity prevention and reduction strategies and programs for youth and young adults with disabilities from culturally diverse backgrounds. The purpose of the adaptive strategies is to promote inclusion in community health promotion programs for the aforementioned individuals.
Obesity prevalence and obesity-related secondary health conditions in people with physical and cognitive disabilities is higher than in the general population, particularly in African-American and Hispanic youth. Although national attention has focused on the obesity epidemic, very little attention or resources have been directed towards the core of younger individuals transitioning into adulthood. DRRPII will aid this population in finding adaptive and inclusive approaches to obesity prevention strategies in an effort to help decrease elevated obesity rates and secondary conditions in this population and to promote overall health.
Every two months a new community-based strategy for preventing obesity will be featured. We encourage you - parents, researchers, teachers, clinicians, policy makers, and members of the disability community - to suggest adaptations to these strategies and to comment on others' suggestions. Next, our Expert Workgroups in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, culture, and policy will discuss the suggested adaptations and vote on those that will become the final recommendations. These will then be posted on the website and will serve as a valuable resource for anyone seeking to make their community programs more inclusive.