Improving the Nutrition and Health of People with Developmental Disabilities via On-Line Program Dissemination

Period of Performance: 01/01/2008 - 12/31/2008

$79.8K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

MAINSTAY, INC.
1001 GREEN BAY STE 195
Winnetka, IL 60093
Principal Investigator

Abstract

People with developmental disabilities (DD) experience poor nutrition, obesity, and other serious health problems at significantly higher rates than those in the general public. Fifty percent of people with DD are obese, double the rate for all other Americans; diabetes and hypertension are also serious problems for this population. There are many reasons for these elevated rates and previous attempts (using exercise and education) to reduce these issues, have been neither efficacious nor sustainable. Recent programmatic interventions focusing on diet and the nutritional intake of people with DD have been much more successful in improving their quality of life and reducing the rate of serious secondary medical conditions. A study at a social service agency found that group home residents using these interventions showed marked improvement in nutrition, Body Mass Indices, health status indicators, as well as decreased food costs. These successful interventions, plus the