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I Can Do It, You Can Do It!

I Can Do It, You Can Do It!

I Can Do It, You Can Do It! (ICDI) is a health promotion program that partners with K-12 schools and school districts, colleges and universities, and community-based organizations to provide access and opportunities for children and adults with a disability to be healthy and active.

Through mentorship, ICDI encourages participants to:

  1. Set weekly, individualized physical activity and healthy eating goals;
  2. Engage in regular physical activity;
  3. Learn about healthy food choices; and
  4. Earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) for leading a healthy lifestyle.

The Council's goal is to expand and implement the program in all 50 states.

Key Facts

  • Approximately 56 million Americans today have a disability.1
  • There are many types of disabilities, such as those that affect an individual’s: hearing, vision, movement, thinking, remembering, learning, communicating, mental health, and social relationships.1
  • Obesity is more common among people with disabilities than for people without disabilities and is an important risk factor for other health conditions.1
  • Obesity rates for children with a disability are 38 percent higher than for children without a disability. Obesity rates for adults with a disability are 58 percent higher than for adults without a disability.2
  • Children with a disability have fewer opportunities to participate in team sports than their peers without a disability, and are sometimes are excluded from school-time physical activity.3
  • Children and adults with a disability may face a number of barriers to participation in physical activity and sports compared with people without a disability. Some barriers include lack of training and awareness of how to include people with a disability in programs; limited opportunities for participation and competition; and limited access to information and resources.4

Sign up to become an ICDI Advocate!

The President’s Council encourages you to join the I Can Do It, You Can Do It! team to help people with a disability in your school or community overcome barriers and lead healthy, active lifestyles. Sign up to become an ICDI Advocate today by emailing ICDI@hhs.gov

Becoming an ICDI Advocate gives you the following benefits and resources:

  • ICDI Program Manual, a comprehensive implementation toolkit
  • ICDI Training Modules for Coordinators, Mentors and Mentees
  • ICDI Technical Assistance and Support Team
  • Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+)
  • ICDI logo and materials

It’s easy to become an ICDI Advocate!  To get started, send an e-mail to ICDI@hhs.gov for more information on how to sign up.


The ICDI national model was initiated by Dr. Margaret J. Giannini, former Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Disability in 2004 with support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination at the National Institutes of Health.

In 2011, the President’s Council adopted ICDI and convened a panel of federal and non-federal experts with a background in physical activity and nutrition for individuals with disabilities, to review the ICDI framework and materials. The panel’s final recommendations included: expansion of the program to include children and adults; strengthening of the nutrition component; and a simplified evaluation.

The revitalized ICDI was announced in May 2013, with the goal of expanding the program to 100 school and community sites across the country by 2018.

Today, ICDI impacts approximately 400,000 Americans with a disability and their families in more than 100 cities in 36 states.


1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with Disabilities Overview: Achieving Healthy Weight and Obesity Prevention. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/documents/pd_hw_obesity-prev.pdf

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overweight and Obesity. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/obesity.html

3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Persons with Disabilities. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/disab.htm.

4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disability Barriers. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/disability-barriers.html.


Content created by President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition
Content last reviewed on April 20, 2018