Nutrition for People with I/DD

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People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) experience high rates of obesity and may benefit from health promotion programming and improved eating plans. Research documents that adults with I/DD living in the community experience nutritional deficits, inadequate diets, and poor nutritional status. Diet-related secondary conditions, including weight problems, gastrointestinal dysfunction, cardiovascular disease and risk factors, diabetes, osteoporosis, and allergies, significantly limit these individuals.

Based on these findings, we have developed interventions consisting of supports in nutrition education and guidelines, menu and meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking designed for the special needs of the I/DD population.

Tools, Resources, and Publications

2015

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Obesity in children with developmental and/or physical disabilities 

July 2015 | Linda Bandini, Melissa Danielson, Layla E. Esposito, John T. Foley, Michael H. Fox, Georgia C. Frey, Richard K. Fleming, Gloria Krahn, Aviva Must, David L. Porretta, Anne Brown Rodgers, Heidi Stanish, Tina Urv, Lawrence C. Vogel & Kathleen Humphries 
Disability and Health Journal | PDF; online access


2009

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Nutritional intervention improves menu adequacy in group homes for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities 

July 2009 | Kathleen Humphries, Alison Pepper, Meg Ann Traci, Julianna Olson & Tom Seekins 
Disability and Health Journal | PDF; online access


 

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Nutrition and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities: Systematic literature review results 

June 2009 | Kathleen Humphries, Meg Ann Traci & Tom Seekins 
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities | abstract


2008

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Nutrition education and support program for community dwelling adults with intellectual disabilities 

October 2008 | Kathleen Humphries, Meg Ann Traci, Tom Seekins & Steven J. Taylor 
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities | abstract


2007

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Food on film: Pilot test of an innovative method for recording food intake of adults with intellectual disabilities living in the community

September 2007 | Kathleen Humphries, Meg Ann Traci & Tom Seekins
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities | PDF; online access


2005

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Nutrition standards of care: To provide good nutrition to adults with intellectual disabilities (Rural Practice Guidelines)

2005 | Kathleen Humphries
Rural Institute | PDF