HealthMatters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum

The Health & Wellness Initiative at the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky has partnered with the authors of HealthMatters curriculum from the University of Illinois at Chicago to provide a statewide roll out of online based training for staff around the state to become instructors within their community supports for the HealthMatters program. This evidence-based curriculum includes everything community based organizations need to run successful health promotion program for individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Participants have reported feeling healthier, feeling better about themselves, and have started incorporating what they’ve learned from the health promotion programming into their daily lives.  Within the HealthMatters pages and links, you will find valuable resources for your HealthMatters programming. Please use these resources to make your programming as fun and effective as possible!

What does this include?

HealthMatters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum

  • Evidence-based curriculum for adults with I/DD
  • 36 interactive modules with 23 additional lifelong learning modules
    • Understand attitudes toward health, exercise, and nutrition
    • Identify current behaviors
    • Develop clear exercise behaviors and nutrition goals and stick to them
    • Gain skills and knowledge about exercising & eating nutritious foods
    • Support each other during classes

HealthMatters: Supplemental Resource

Below is a link to our supplemental resource document. This document includes educational videos, guest speaker and field trip ideas, group activities, adapted exercise resources, and additional notes to help implement the HealthMatters curriculum in a fully inclusive setting. By utilizing this newly developed tool, trainers will be able to diversify their classes to include individuals of all abilities.

Click here for the supplemental resource