Centre for Leadership in Participation and Inclusion

Project: Health promotion interventions in adolescents with physical disabilities- Phase 2


  • Kristen English
  • Amy McPherson
  • Michelle Peters
  • Dolly Menna-Dack
  • Joanne Lee
  • Vicki Keith

Project summary:

Adolescence is a time of growth and development, but youth often develop poor eating habits and become less active during this time. Programs aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles in
adolescents (‘health promotion programs’) exist but often exclude individuals with disabilities. Our research team wanted to find out how to develop a health promotion program specifically for
adolescents with disabilities.

In our first phase of the study (2015-2016), we collected information from studies that had already been conducted and asked professionals across Canada about health promotion initiatives for adolescents with disabilities. In Phase 2 (2016-2017) we used this information to engage youth and parents, collecting further information to guide the development of a health promotion protocol.

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