Walking with a Purpose: Encouraging Physical Activity in People with Disabilities

This presentation is part of the Designing for Inclusive Health Panel.

The Strides 2 Health program utilizes principles from two health behavior change theories: the transtheoretical model and social cognitive theory. This program is designed to encourage people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to obtain at least 150 minutes per week of physical activity. This program uniquely focuses on walking and wheelchair locomotion (rolling) due to the simplicity of these activities. We will present baseline information on the impact of a simple 40-week walk or roll program on the health of individuals with disabilities. It will address the feasibility of training community leaders in implementing a program that will positively impact the health of these individuals.


  • Keiba Shaw, PT, DPT, EdD, Department of Physical Therapy, Hybrid DPT Program, College of Health Care Sciences, Nova Southeastern University
  • Robin E. Galley, PT, DPT, OCS, Director of Clinical Education , Assistant Professor Hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Nova Southeastern University
  • Beatriz Galindo, Research Assistant, Nova Southeastern University

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