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Health Resources – Girls and Women’s Health

Girls and women with a disability are less likely than their male peers to be physically active, putting them at increased risk for chronic diseases and other health problems. Health promotion programs can use the ICDI model to create inclusive and encouraging environments specifically for girls and women with a disability. The resources below outline some of the key health topics for this population.

Women's Health

My Bright Future: Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
Health Resources & Services Administration (HHS)
This publication offers physical activity and healthy eating tips for women. It also provides guidance on getting started and setting and achieving personal physical activity and healthy eating goals.

Getting Active
Office on Women’s Health (HHS)
This resource offers information about activity and women’s menstrual cycles, staying safe during physical activity, and how to be active for health.

Healthy Eating
Office on Women’s Health (HHS)
This resource offers answers to questions about healthy eating and covers topics such as how to eat for health and food allergies and sensitivities.

Physical Activity for All Women
Office on Women’s Health (HHS)
This resource offers ways women can change their physical activity routine to fit their needs based on age, stage of life, or physical abilities.

Women with a Disability

Center for Research on Women with Disabilities
Baylor College of Medicine
This site links to a wide range of resources ranging from reproductive health and screenings to personal stories, health behaviors, and violence.

Women with Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS)
This site offers information about how women with disabilities can live a healthy life. Additional links found on this page also highlight what women with a disability should know about their own health and well-being.

Violence Against Women with Disabilities
Office on Women’s Health (HHS)
This page highlights the signs of abuse against women with disabilities, and gives advice on what to do if you or someone else is a victim of abuse.

Girls' Health

My Bright Future: Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
Health Resources & Services Administration (HHS)
This booklet is a physical activity and healthy eating guide for adolescent girls and young women. The publication addresses how to get started with physical activity and healthy eating, and offers tips on how to set and achieve your goals.

Nutrition
Office on Women’s Health (HHS)
This site offers resources that address nutrition in the family setting, provides guidance on how to read nutrition labels, and emphasizes the benefits of eating healthy.

Types of Physical Activity
Office on Women’s Health (HHS)
This page highlights and explains the three main types of physical activity: aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening activity, and bone-strengthening activity.

Girls with a Disability

Illness & Disability
Office on Women’s Health (HHS)
This site defines and explains what an illness is, what a disability is, and offers tips on how to be physically active, do well in school, and be confident in your work, relationships, and personal ability.

Sports and Recreation
Office on Women’s Health (HHS)
This page offers suggestions of physical activities for girls with disabilities and additional links to organizations that offer adaptive sports.

Research & Reports

Persons with Disabilities as an Unrecognized Health Disparity Population
American Journal of Public Health (Journal)
This journal article from Krahn, Klein Walker, and Correa-De-Araujo, published in 2015, suggests that an effort be made to improve healthcare access for persons with disabilities, along with increased data collection and inclusion of individuals with a disability in public health programs and emergency preparedness exercises.

Health Disparities Between Women With and Without Disabilities: A Review of the Research
Social Work in Public Health (Journal)
This journal article from Wisdom, et al., published in 2010, is a review of research from 1990-2005 highlighting the apparent disparities between women with and without a disability as it relates to health screenings, access to healthcare, and health-seeking and change in health behaviors.

Issue Brief: Key Characteristics of Working Women with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Labor
This issue brief issued in 2015 highlights the barriers women with disabilities face when trying to enter the workforce. Statistics included in this report are from 2014.

Content created by President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition
Content last reviewed on July 12, 2018