Health Promotion Curricula in CDC Funded States: Iowa

Living Well with a Disability—IA

 

Target Audience     

Adults with disabilities

 

The Center for Disabilities and Development at The University of Iowa provides the Living Well with a Disability program, which is an 8-week, 16-hour course that uses goal setting and problem solving as a framework on which to build healthier lifestyles. Adults with physical disabilities benefit from this course, as well as people with other disabilities or health concerns.  Living Well topics include:  Setting goals, solving problems, healthy reactions, beating the blues, healthy communication, seeking information, physical activity, eating well to live well, systems advocacy, and staying healthy.  Living Well classes are free to participants, and assistance with transportation to and from classes may also be available.

 

Materials Utilized    

Living Well with a Disability course manual and Living Well with a Disability handouts (written at a 4th grade level)           

 

Contact Information           

Kay DeGarmo

Iowa’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities
Center for Disabilities and Development
263 Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011

319-353-7050

 

Website         http://www.livingwelliowa.org/

 

 

Continuing to Live Well with a Disability—IA

 

Target Audience     

People who have completed the Living Well with a Disability course

 

Continuing to Live Well with a Disability is a refresher course for people who have completed the Living Well with a Disability course. Once a month for four months, people meet for 2-hour sessions and are encouraged to support each other and to stay in touch once the sessions have ended.  Topics covered include: improving your quality of life, promoting healthy lifestyles, being safe, and self-esteem and disability pride.  Continuing to Live Well classes are free to participants and assistance with transportation to and from classes may also be available.

 

Materials Utilized    

Continuing to Live Well course manual and workbook. Workbook written at a 4th grade level.        

 

Contact Information           

Kay DeGarmo

Iowa’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities
Center for Disabilities and Development
263 Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011

319-353-7050

 

Website         http://www.livingwelliowa.org/

 

 

Staying Healthy and Living Well—IA

 

Target Audience     

Adolescents ages 16-21 who will soon be making independent decisions about their lives.

 

Staying Healthy and Living Well is a 10-session, cross-disability course for older adolescents.  Used by classroom teachers and youth leaders, these courses focus on helping young people learn to manage their own health care as they move from school to work. Evaluation measures student knowledge, attitudes, and behavior before and after taking the course. Homework is a key element of this course, and parents sign off on homework assignments and also complete surveys before and after the course.  Staying Healthy students learn about:  living well, eating for health, movement and health, reaching for goals, healthy communication, healthy reactions, self-advocacy, getting a good job, and celebrating.

 

Materials Utilized    

Staying Healthy and Living Well curriculum   

 

Contact Information           

Kay DeGarmo

Iowa’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities
Center for Disabilities and Development
263 Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011

319-353-7050

 

Website         http://www.livingwelliowa.org/