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Fitness and Nutrition Resources

You'll find excellent websites as well as books and videos you can borrow from our lending library at no charge. We've also included a downloadable PDF for a complete list of all the available resouces.

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Cookbooks and Cooking for People with Disabilities
Diet plans, recipes, and ways to improvise around your kitchen for anyone living with paralysis. Download a complete list of resources.

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Fitness and Exercise
Fitness and Exercise
Sources for all types of workout plans and equipment. Download a complete list of resources.

Websites

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
(NCPAD), based at the University of Illinois at Chicago, believes everyone can reap benefits from regular physical activity. NCPAD offers numerous resources to help people with disabilities become more active, plus resources for health, fitness and exercise professionals. Check out their database of fitness trainers for people with disabilities. Also see their factsheet on ergometers

Craig Hospital: SCI Health and Wellness: Exercise
With funding from the US Department of Education's National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research, Craig Hospital has developed educational materials to help people with spinal cord injuries live in the community maintain their health. Topics include exercise, heart disease, diet, weight control, alcohol abuse and conditions related to the aging paralyzed body.

SCI Action Canada
Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI (one for consumers, one for health care practitioners). The Guidelines were developed by an expert panel from across Canada, 4 led by researchers at McMaster University, with support from the Rick Hansen Institute, and in partnership with SCI Action Canada.

Physiotherapy Exercises for People with Spinal Cord Injuries 
Other Neurological Conditions Developed by Physiotherapists, NSW Department of Health in Sydney, Australia. This website lets physical therapists search for appropriate exercises for their client’s level of injury or condition and by other factors including age, degree of difficulty, equipment, body part and exercise type.

Books
(Borrow from our free library)

ACSM's Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities. Edited by J. Larry Durstine, et al. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics, 2009. 3rd ed.

Lieberman, Lauren J. and Cathy Houston-Wilson. Strategies for Inclusion: A Handbook for Physical Educators. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics, 2009. 2nd ed.

Fishman, Loren M. and Eric L. Small. Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis: A Journey to Health and Healing. New York: Demos, 2007.

Davis, Ronald W. Teaching Disability Sport: A Guide for Physical Educators. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics, 2010. 2nd ed.

Videos
(Borrow from our free library)

Chair Aerobics for Everyone: Exercises for the Bedridden and Physically Challenged. Endless Graphics, 2008. DVD features David Stamp 

Exercise Program for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries: Paraplegia. National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, 2004. DVD or VHS. Distributed by NCPAD and Reeve Foundation.

Exercise Program for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries: Tetraplegia. National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, 2006. DVD or VHS. Distributed by NCPAD and Reeve Foundation.

Exercise Program for Stroke Survivors. Chicago, Ill.: NCPAD, 2007. DVD

The ROM Dance Seated Version: For Wheelchair Use. St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center 1993 45 min. (available from Amazon) ROM stands for Range of Motion.

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Nutrition and Weight Management
Nutrition and Weight Management
Everything from how to read the food labels to how to beat the battle of the bulge from your wheelchair. Download a complete list of resources.

Websites

University of Alabama at Birmingham Resources:
Weight Management Following SCI – SCI InfoSheet #8
Preventive Nutrition: Preventing Weight Gain from Pushin’ On newsletter
Go Your Own Weigh from Pushin’ On newsletter
Nutrition Resources 

National Center for Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
Factsheet on Children with Disability and Obesity
- Factsheets on Nutrition for people with disabilities

University of Washington School of Medicine Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine
Nutrition Guidelines for Individuals with SCI
Food and Nutrition Information Center: Weight Management and Obesity Resource List  

Books
(Borrow from our free library)

Appel, Vicki, Sandy Calvin and Imelda Otte. ALS: Maintaining Nutrition. Houston, TX: MDA ALS Center, 1991.

Fitzgerald, Geraldine and Fenella Briscoe. Recipes for Health: Multiple Sclerosis: Over 100 Recipes to Help Control Symptoms. San Francisco: Thorsons, 1996.

Weihoffen, Donna. L., Jo Anne Robbins and Paula A. Sullivan. Easy To Swallow, Easy To Chew Cookbook: Over 150 Tasty and Nutritious Recipes For People Who Have Difficulty Swallowing. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002.

Schwier, Karin Melberg & Erin Schwier Stewart. Breaking Bread, Nourishing Connections: People With And Without Disabilities Together At Mealtime. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks Publishing, Co., 2005.

Videos
(Borrow from our free library)

Living With ALS: Adjusting to Swallowing Difficulties and Maintaining Good Nutrition. Calabasas Hills, CA: The ALS Association.

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Recreation
Recreation
Activities that will help you maintain your healthy lifestyle. Download a complete list of resources.

Websites

The Forever Young Treehouse Foundation 
A private, non-profit organization that creates, develops and constructs accessible treehouses. They create unique, outdoor opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Life Rolls On
A subsidiary of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports as a platform to inspire infinite possibilities despite paralysis.
LRO offers adaptive surfing, skateboarding and skiing.

Arcade Pinball Machines
For the first time, individuals who previously could only participate in one of America's great pastimes as spectators, can play - and compete - as equals. The Arcade Pinball Machines can be played by anyone with or without a disability using the customdesigned console or input system. In playing together, people on both sides of the divide - young and old, men and women - learn that despite physical differences, we are more alike than different, that we all experience the sense of challenge, of triumph, and of play much the same way.

Adaptive Sports Center 
Crested Butte, Colorado center with winter and summer sports and recreation programs for people with disabilities. Phone 866-349-2296 Email: info@adaptivesports.org.

Books
(Borrow from our free library)

Anderson, Lynn and Carla Brown Kress. Inclusion: Including People with Disabilities in Parks and Recreation Opportunities. State College, Pa: Venture Publishing Inc., 2003.

Webre, Anne Wortham and Janet Zeller. Canoeing and Kayaking for Persons with Physical Disabilities: Instruction Manual. Newington, Va.: American Canoe Association, 1990.

Implementing Recreation and Leisure Opportunities for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. Champaign, Ill.: Sagamore Publishing, 2003.

Principles and Methods of Adapted Physical Education and Recreation. Edited by David Auxter, Jean Pyfer, Carol Huettig. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2005.

Videos
(Borrow from our free library)

Right to Risk: 15 Day Journey Through Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Coupeville, Wash.: KJR Media, 2007. 57 minutes, DVD. Follows 8 people with disabilities such as quadriplegia, blindness, MS, and amputation as they raft down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
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Sports and Competition
Sports and Competition
Turn it up a notch and get involved with a team sport from extreme chairing to surfing to bowling, anything is possible. Download a complete list of resources.

Websites

Disabled Sports USA
Offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent physical disability. Activities include winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events. DSUSA, as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is the governing body for winter sports for all athletes with disabilities, and for summer sports for amputee athletes. Nationwide chapter network of sports and rec programs. Use the DS/USA Chapter Listing to locate a chapter by clicking on a specific state abbreviation.

Extreme Chairing
A sports organization for adapted extreme sports.

National Wheelchair Basketball Association
Basketball is perhaps the oldest organized sport for athletes in wheelchairs. The game is fast and fun, and played in dozens of cities across the U.S.

Fishing Has No Boundaries, Inc.
Specialized adaptive equipment aids the disabled angler and creates avenues of recreation for many who thought because of their disability, could never fish, or fish again. Any person with a disability is eligible to participate, regardless of disability. There are absolutely no restrictions on type of disability, age, race, gender, state or residence or any other factor.

Books
(Borrow from our free library)

Traum, Dick and Mary Bryant. Go Achilles!: A 25 Year Celebration of the Power of the Human Spirit. New York: Achilles International Inc., 2008.

Mastandrea, Linda and Donna Czubernat. Sports and the Physically Challenged: An Encyclopedia of People, Events, and Organizations. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Bailey, Steve. Athlete First: A History of the Paralymic Movement. Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

Klugler, Stuart. Wheelchair Basketball: One Rebound at a Time. Centennial, Colo.: Lifevest Publishing, 2008. Profiles various administrators, players and coaches in the world of wheelchair basketball.

Videos
(Borrow from our free library)

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. NBC Sports, 2008. DVD

Heroes of the Slopes. One Track Productions, 2007. DVD 54 min. Adaptive skiing

Wheelchair Football Training. American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, 2008. DVD 

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A Reeve Foundation Fact Sheet on Fitness and Exercise (PDF)

A Reeve Foundation Fact Sheet on FES Treadmill Information Sheet (PDF)

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Aquaticnet.comTherapists. Instructors. Managers. To all in the Aquatics industry. This is your single online clearinghouse of aquatic therapy and fitness information. Why re-create the (aquatic therapy) wheel? We are The Aquatic Therapy Command Center.

Craig Hospital: SCI Health and WellnessWith funding from the US Department of Education's National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research, has developed educational materials to help people with spinal cord injuries live in the community maintain their health. Topics include skin care, exercise, heart disease, weight control, alcohol abuse and conditions related to the aging body. Use the link above and click on SCI Health and Wellness.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Features numerous articles and resources on fitness, nutrition and healthy living.

Clinical Trials: Ambulation ProgramsList of ambulation programs currently seeking volunteers.

Clinical Trials: Locomotor (treadmill) TrainingList of trials involving locomotor (treadmill) training.

Inclusive Fitness CoalitionAddresses the policy, environmental and societal issues associated with the lack of access to physical activity among people with disabilities.

ILRU: RRTC on SCI: Exercise InformationThe ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field. It is a program of TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research), a nationally recognized medical rehabilitation facility for persons with disabilities.

High Hopes Head Injury ProgramThe High Hopes Head Injury Program was started in 1975, as a result of tough hard work and need of several families. This one-of-a-kind non-profit charitable organization was dedicated to the rehabilitation and retraining of their loved ones who had been devastated by traumatic head injuries.

Lokomat at Sister KennyLokomat® is a robot-assisted treadmill that supports a patient in an upright position while moving the legs through a normal walking pattern – even if a patient is unable to move his or her legs independently.

Lokomat Program at Rehabilitation Institute of ChicagoThe Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) provides robot-assisted walking therapy using the Lokomat® to help people improve their ability to walk after disability caused by brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke or neurological and orthopedic conditions.

National Rehabilitation Information Center for Independence (NARIC)NARIC offers a range of services, from quick information and referral to extensive database searches of the latest disability and rehabilitation research. They also offer a number of publications, including directories, guides and statistical reports.

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)Resources promoting physical activity for people, and for health, fitness and exercise professionals.

The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and SportsInformation on making exercise an important part of your life

RT 300 FES BikeRTI designs and markets innovative electrical stimulation ergometers to help people with a neurological impairment achieve their full potential.

Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN)The Reeve Foundation NRN is a perfect example of basic science being translated to the clinic and changing lives. Funded by the Reeve Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is a network of cutting-edge rehabilitation centers whose staffs have been trained in intensive activity-based treatments.

Sprint AquaticsOver the years Rothhammer International, commonly referred to as Sprint Aquatics, has been designing and patenting products that continue to revolutionize the aquatic industry. As the current owner, Laurel Maas's primary goal for Sprint Rothhammer was and continues to be creating products that meet the needs of those who use the pool as a form of physical therapy, training, and recreation.

The Uppertone SystemIntroduced in 1990 by a C4-C5 quadriplegic, the Uppertone System allows people with C4-C5 paralysis and below to do upper body exercises necessary for rehabilitation and maintenance, without assistance.

Paralysis Resource Center The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

Reeve Foundation Online Paralysis Community Connecting people living with paralysis, families, friends and caregivers so we can share support, experience, knowledge, and hope.

Quality of Life Grants DatabaseFind resources within the PRC Quality of Life Grants Database. Search by Zip Code, State or an Entire Category.

Library Books and VideosFind resources within the PRC library catalog.

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The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern U.S. Time. International callers use 973-467-8270. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3001, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.