A new report released this week from the CDC shows nearly half of adults with disabilities who are able to do aerobic physical activity don’t get any… putting them at a greater risk for chronic diseases. The report showed that adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer than adults without disabilities.
We know that people who participate in some kind of regular physical activity will reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. For folks who have a disability, there are additional benefits like increased heart and lung function; better performance in daily living activities; greater independence; decreased chances of developing chronic diseases; and improved mental health.
One really good (and well organized) community option is Special Olympics Arizona. Special Olympics provides opportunities to participate in dozens of sports and activities all year long. It’s also a great way to participate (either as an athlete or a volunteer) in the community. Special Olympics Arizona has offices in Flagstaff, Tucson, Yuma, and Phoenix. You can find more info about local programs on their website.