Do Disabled People Exercise Less?

As we reported this spring, a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 47 percent of people with disabilities between ages 18 and 64 get no aerobic physical activity. Question man

Sadly, this can lead to shortened life spans. With this in mind, reported that the White House held an event to address the health and fitness concerns of those with disabilities.

According to the website, the two-day event was called the White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities. It kicked off on October 6, and featured discussion from educators, parents, leaders from community-based organizations and administration officials.

The goal was to discuss ways to help enhance the health of people with disabilities.

“The goals of the event are to raise national awareness of the effective models of exercise and diet we have available today, to encourage the greater participation in these programs by people with disabilities, and to explore ways to improve those models through research for better outcomes,” Ralph Nitkin of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development said, according to

The CDC reported that only 22 percent of people with disabilities get exercise, but it is “not enough”. The news was startling, considering 50 percent of people with disabilities are likely to have cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease.

Will I Qualify for SSDI If I Cannot Work?

If you have a disability and are unable to work, you may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Sadly, many people with disabilities are simply unable to exercise, because they do not have the physical ability to do so.

If you would like to begin an exercise program and you have disabilities, you should contact your doctor, who may be able to make recommendations.

Keep in mind, to qualify for SSDI benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses two different tests, including the “Duration of Work Test” and the “Recent Work Test”. You must prove than you can no longer work and your disabilities are expected to last for more than a year to qualify.

For more information, call us today.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys


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