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This article is geared toward families of children with spina bifida and the practitioners who work with these children. It states that at least 50% of children with spina bifida have a likelihood of being overweight beyond age 6, and from adolescence through adulthood more than 50% of those with this disability are obese. This is due to low physical activity caused by the disability. The article suggests several activities in which families can participate without much special equipment and that can be accessed in a wheelchair. Home activities such as interactive computerized fitness programs that promote coordination skills and exercise are also recommended. Suggestions are also made to the practitioner, who can provide a network of resources to help in achieving and sustaining a healthy lifestyle for children with spina bifida, such as posting listings of adaptive sports and activities in the community for children with physical disabilities. The adult Paralympics should be emphasized to children to raise their awareness of achievable goals through perseverance. Practitioners can also establish a mentoring network of adult athletes with and without disabilities who are interested in helping children with disabilities.
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