Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Molly Hoisington, Alexander Agudelo Orozco, Dalmina Arias, Claudia Garcia, Kayla Smith, Briana Bonner; Benefits of a Culturally Tailored Health Promotion Program for Latino Youth With Disabilities and Their Families. Am J Occup Ther 2016;70(5):7005180080. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.021949
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Little research is available about youth with disabilities, who experience numerous inequalities in health outcomes compared with youth without disabilities. Youth with disabilities experience many environmental and attitudinal barriers in maintaining healthy lifestyles, which put them at risk for obesity. Strong evidence has suggested that obesity rates are higher among youth with disabilities than among their nondisabled peers. The purpose of this study was to implement and examine the benefits of a culturally tailored healthy lifestyles program for Latino youth with disabilities and their families. Several cultural adaptations were made to align with the target population’s cultural norms. Seventeen Latino families identified 67 behaviors they wanted to change or new habits they wanted to establish. The postassessment data showed that several family routines improved, and families reported engaging in many of the healthy habits they had identified for themselves. Implications of culturally appropriate and accessible programming are discussed.
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