Development of a Dutch Training/Education Program for a Healthy Lifestyle of People With Intellectual Disability

Annelies Overwijk, Thessa I.M. Hilgenkamp, Cees van der Schans, A. A. J. van der Putten, Aly Waninge

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Abstract

Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) need support from direct support professionals (DSPs) to engage in a healthy lifestyle. However, literature shows DSPs feel insufficiently equipped to support a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, the aim of this study is to develop a theory-based program for DSPs to support physical activity and healthy nutrition for people with moderate to profound levels of ID, and to design its evaluation. The Intervention Mapping Protocol (IM) was followed to develop a theory-based program for DSPs. The program evaluation consists of process and feasibility evaluations. This study provided a theory-based program consisting of a training and education section with online and face-to-face components to support DSPs in promoting health for people with ID.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-177
Number of pages15
JournalIntellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • healthy lifestyle
  • intellectual disabilities
  • training

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