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How Nutrition Factors Into Rehabilitation: Project Walk Atlanta


Editor’s Note: Tony Davenport, the lead clinical exercise physiologist and rehab specialist for Project Walk Atlanta, graduated with a master’s degree in exercise science focusing on performance enhancement and injury prevention.

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Tony Davenport [on right] is the lead clinical exercise physiologist and rehab specialist for Project Walk Atlanta.

One of the most overlooked aspects of a successful rehabilitation program is diet. People who are doing any form of rehabilitation or trying to promote better body health need to eat the foods that will help keep their digestive tracts clear of buildup and waste, so they can absorb nutrients.

Green vegetables have micronutrients that your body needs.

But the beginning of better health through nutrition should be preceded by a blood chemistry analyzation to determine what effect the prescriptions you’re taking have on the depletion of micronutrients, minerals and vitamins in your blood. Certain prescription drugs cause depletion of micronutrients, or they’ll suppress the vital nutrients that we take in from the foods we eat.

You need to know your bio index to understand what foods you need to eat more of, and the types of supplements you need that your body’s not getting.

You need to eat more green vegetables and take in more nutrients and vitamins, because after trauma or a debilitating event, your body is more susceptible to pathogens, which will make you sick or cause you to have pneumonia. The breakdown of your immune system occurs much more frequently when you’ve had an injury or an accident that creates a need for rehabilitation.

You’re also much more susceptible to urinary tract infections, bed sores, fatigue, depression, poor liver health, poor bone health, weight gain and muscle loss. By eating right and/or taking supplements, you can keep your body as healthy as possible, especially after sicknesses, accidents or injuries.

The Most Common Nutrient Deficiency

The two vitamins most commonly deficient in people in wheelchairs or who have some type of illness or been in an accident are Vitamins D and C.

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When people’s lives suddenly change, like beginning to use a wheelchair, generally, they don’t get outside as much as they have before their accidents or injuries. Then they don’t absorb as much Vitamin D from the sun. If they stop eating foods rich in Vitamin D, every function that Vitamin D supports is depleted and diminished – skin health, heart health and brain function. Vitamin D also plays a major role in many of the other functions of the body.

To solve this problem, get outside as much as possible, and eat foods that are rich in Vitamin D.

Vitamin C is critically important to your immune system, your heart and your brain. People often tend to eat the same foods (fast foods) that they’ve eaten before they’ve become injured. They also tend to eat more sweets and comfort foods to take their minds away from their physical conditions. They don’t change the ways they think and eat to put their bodies in better condition for the optimal function possible.

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Project Walk Atlanta usually recommends taking supplemental Vitamin D and Vitamin C. Our organization has a master herbalist and naturopathic doctor on staff.  She can be brought in to do special testing on someone to help determine what other vitamins and minerals possibly may help a specific individual obtain better body health, as it relates to the medicines he or she’s taking. T

he best solution for getting better vitamins and minerals is to eat more fresh green vegetables. But, if you don’t like green vegetables, we can recommend supplements like superfood green powders like Green Vibrance that contain superfood greens with probiotics and macro and micro nutrients that a person can consume once per day to help supplement much of the nutrition they’re not getting in their daily diets.

Successful Rehabilitation 20Nutrition for Bed Sores or Pressure Sores

When a person is having a problem with bed sores, their caloric consumption must stay high – somewhat more than it has been when they have been active. You also need to increase their protein consumption to rebuild their tissues, eat foods and take supplements that are high in Vitamins A, C, D, E and zinc. They need to drink a good amount of fluids and eat plenty of good fats. Also, applying skin healing nutrients like Vitamin E to their skin will keep the skin pliable and prevent it from breaking down.

Clients generally get sores on their tail bones and their hips, or, on some part of their body that comes in contact with their wheelchairs.

So, Project Walk Atlanta recommends these people lay on their sides as much as possible to allow their bodies to heal the places where the bed sores are most likely to occur. When you’re sitting or laying a lot, you need to eat more of the right foods to keep your caloric count up. Then, your body can take from those foods the nutrients it needs to heal the tissue that has been damaged by bed sores.

Pneumonia and Nutrition

mar2014sns_heat_tomatoesOnce a person develops pneumonia, he usually goes to the hospital, and is on constant care. To prevent pneumonia, you need to limit the amount of sugar you’re taking in, and you need to make sure you’re eating dishes that contain ginger, carrots and different spices that help support your respiratory system.

When we use the words “limit sugar”, most people only think of processed sugar.

However, you also need to limit sugars found in fruit. Be conscious to eat foods high in Vitamins A, C and zinc like grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, vegetable soups and parsley.

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Inflammation and Nutrition

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Fresh Organic Cranberry Juice

Inflammation allows for a toxic internal environment in our bodies. For someone living with spinal cord injuries, this inflammation makes them more prone to sickness and opportunistic pathogens, which may cause their bodies to break down faster, worsening their health and shortening their lives.

The first line of defense is to use litmus strips that can be bought at any drug store to test pH daily or weekly. The pH, when balanced (alkaline), allows for an internal environment for optimal function.

You want to make sure you are getting powerful antioxidants like berries and raw vegetables aids in achieving a balanced pH to reduce inflammation. However, one never wants to be too acidic causing inflammation, or too alkaline, creating other internal issues.

Your Sleep Needs to be Managed

Many of our patients report having problems sleeping. So, we have to look at what factors are affecting your sleeping pattern. When your body or a portion of your body is paralyzed, your mind is still active. But you can eat certain foods that help support your brain function. A gland in our brains secrete melatonin as the sun starts to go down and helps regulate our biological clocks. If you’re not eating specific foods that help support that gland, you can have problems sleeping. As we age, that gland produces less and less melatonin.

When you have an injury, your mind keeps running, while a portion of your body is shut down.

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You need to avoid foods with caffeine, alcohol and other foods that keep your nervous system firing and keep you awake and anxious. Avoid spicy foods that cause inflammatory responses to your nervous system. You even may have to supplement melatonin at some point, because your biological clock may be impaired due to your injury. Maintaining a healthy weight also helps your sleep.

A supplement called 5-HTP or a melatonin supplement can also help. Go to a homeopathic store like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or Goodness Grocery that offer clean-based nutritional products not made or formed with toxins. Some of these supplements are liquid, some are sublingual – drops you put on your tongue – some are in a solution that you have to mix with water, and some are tablets or pills.

You just have to find the right supplement that works best for you. Remember, don’t overuse the supplements, so that your system becomes immune to them.

Information for Better Nutrition

A book we suggest to our clients with spinal cord injuries is titled, “Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury.” It’s a PDF download authored by Joanne Smith – a certified nutritionist – and Kylie James – an occupational therapist and certified nutritionist. We order the book online.

I’m not a licensed nutritionist, and I’m not a certified dietician. But with my experience, I can recommend a book like this written by professionals that coincides with what our naturopathic doctor suggests. The recommendations made in this book help our clients stay as healthy as possible, and it deals with many of the problems that good nutrition can help solve to aid in recovery from spinal cord injuries.

To order the book, go online at http://www.eatwelllivewellwithsci.com.

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Metabolic processes slowdown in people with spinal cord injuries, because they aren’t using their bodies physically as much as they once did. People may comfort eat too – consuming heavy, greasy goods that slowdown their metabolism even more. Or, they may not have a basic understanding of nutrition, or what compensations need to be taken to ensure their health is improved upon nutritionally. When metabolism slows, weight gain and loss of healthy muscle tissue occur, and the key functions of organ metabolism become compromised.

The 70/30 Principle

As a personal trainer, I tell our clients that good health is 70 percent trying and 30 percent physical exertion. If the person becomes injured, the 70/30 rule applies even more. When you get injured, the bar is raised on nutrition. You have to be more conscious and adhere more closely to a good nutritional program than a body builder does.

I often tell my clients, “Okay, if you don’t like vegetables, consider making vegetable smoothies or juice vegetables.”

If someone says, “No, I’m not going to eat that stuff,” or comes to work out and tells me, “I just finished a meal at a fast food restaurant,” and is trying to get his body to function below his level of injury, I’ll say, “How do you expect to reach the goal you want to reach?”

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A typical session at Project Walk Atlanta lasts 2-3 hours. If you come in and spend that amount of time to increase your body function, but as soon as the session is over, you go outside and smoke cigarettes, go have a fast food giant burger, drink some alcohol and/or eat a piece of pie, you won’t get the nutrients your body needs to uptake from that exercise therapy.

You can’t increase your function in your overall health when you’re tearing it down faster than we can help you bring it up. As a society, we are so vain that we forget how important it is to get our internal function optimized to get better quicker, to recover faster and to maximize our potential to recover.

The Results of Good Nutrition and Therapy

We’ve noticed that the skin of our clients who follow a good nutrition regimen looks better. Healthier people are more energized when they go through the different exercises and perform those exercises much better than the people who haven’t improved their nutritional levels.

If people follow a quality nutritional regimen, then their recovery usually goes really well.

They’re more likely to have new and different breakthroughs every time they come into a session, and these breakthroughs are happening weekly or monthly rather than yearly. The people who are following good nutritional recommendations also tend to accept their injuries as temporary setbacks that they’ll move beyond.

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A person who doesn’t realize that good nutrition is a way to improve his or her body is less likely to experience breakthroughs with each session and see the type of recovery he’s hoping to achieve. They’re also less likely to have overall mental wellness than the people who make a concerted effort to eat better nutritionally.

We’ve seen at Project Walk Atlanta that people who have devoted themselves to good nutrition generally have better overall mental health and are more positive than the people who don’t develop a good nutritional regimen.

Remember, better nutritional health is a long term investment. No one has a magic pill you can take and instantly have better nutritional health. If someone did, he’d become rich overnight.

Successful Rehabilitation3What Is Project Walk Atlanta

Project Walk Atlanta is a nonprofit spinal cord injury recovery facility based in a northern suburb of Atlanta, GA. The owner, Paul Pickard, established the program after his son Chris suffered a spinal cord injury in 2011.

The original program that was Project Walk Atlanta was born in Carlsbad, California, in the late 1990s. The program developed a curriculum to train people with 4 year college degrees or higher or those licensed in physical or occupational therapy or chiropractic care to use neuromuscular protocols taken from traditional physical therapy settings.

Then they were taught to apply those concepts to exercise, using unique sets of specialized equipment to help someone who had suffered a central nervous system injury like a spinal cord injury or some type of problem like multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Guillain Barre, transverse myelitis, tetraplegia and paraplegia to move forward in improving his or her physical ability to have a direct, positive impact on his quality of life.

The program options include: a home program where the client stays at Project Walk Atlanta for a week to learn the exercises most beneficial to him; a family track program that teaches a family member to help with the exercises; and the in-house program.

To learn about Project Walk Atlanta and its philosophy on nutrition as it applies to improved health and wellness, go to www.projectwalkatlanta.org. You can also visit their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, you can go to the program’s YouTube channel to learn more about nutritional guidance.

A person has to schedule an appointment at the Project Walk facility to talk with their master herbalist and review the types of medications they’re specifically taking to learn how those medicines are impacting their bodies, and what types of food and nutritional supplements they may want to focus on to address those specific needs.

Note: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.

About the Author:John-E_-Phillips
For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at www.johninthewild.com.

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The Benefits of Your Child Getting Active with Adaptive Bike Riding

Parents of children living with disabilities:  Take a minute to ...

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Our Top 5 Accessible Summer Vacation Destinations

It’s time to talk about summer vacation plans. If you like to have ...

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A New Book Teaches Kids About the Life of a Service Dog

Editor’s Note:  As a single mom of a 7-year-old, Amy Sherwood was ...

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Win a Trip to the Boston Abilities Expo

Have you always wanted to attend an Abilities Expo but you don’t ...

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Wheel:Life and Comfort Medical Sponsor the Paradox Sports Adaptive Ice Climbing Trip

Editor’s Note:  A little over a decade ago, a group of guys with a ...

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Norah Self-Caths in Kindergarten, Thanks to this Free Resource

It’s a given that kids who cath want to be like their friends at ...

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The Healing Powers of Grounding Therapy for Wheelchair Users

Editor’s Note:  Having grown up on a farm in rural Montana, Clint ...

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Cruising the Planet with Amputee Debra Kerper

Editor’s Note: When a bone infection complicated by lupus took ...

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The Online Dating Experience for the Disabled

Dating is hard. Dating is really hard. If you have a disability, ...

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Inclusion, Adventure, and Therapy with Freedom Concepts

Editor’s Note: In 2014, Michigan residents Caroline Booth and Matt ...

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Where Do You Want to Go?

Have you always dreamt of seeing the Aurora Borealis in Alaska? Or ...

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TerrainHopper USA: Bringing Adventure and Freedom to People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note:  Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, Todd Lemay ...

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Breaking Down Broadcasting Barriers with Paul Amadeus Lane

Editor’s Note: Growing up in Long Beach, California, Paul Amadeus ...

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Zebreda Dunham Powers Through Challenges on the Pitch and in Life

Editor’s Note:  Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, ...

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Adaptive Aerial Yoga Allows Wheelchair Users to Fly

  Editor’s Note: Texas native Sara Schaffer has been ...

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Sex, Love, and Disability:  Ben Duffy’s New Documentary Exposes It All

Filmmaker Ben Duffy and Ajani “AJ” Murray met while working on a ...

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Amputee Bob Clausen Says If You Want Something Bad Enough, You Will Do It

Editor’s Note:  Widower and Navy veteran Rober “Bob” ...

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The Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant: A Life-Changing Experience

As the Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Institute, formerly known ...

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Comfort Conversations: Support Systems Are Key After a Life-Altering Tragedy

Having key support systems after a life-altering injury is crucial. ...

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Sheri Melander-Smith on Living Your Best Life

Editor’s Note:  Sheri Melander-Smith was born with a vascular ...

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5 Extreme Activities to Add to Your Bucket List

Have you already tried all of the typical adaptive sports available ...

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Reflections and Lessons Learned in 2017

We hope your 2017 was as enlightening and empowering as ours was here ...

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Living with MS: One Family’s Solution to Enjoying Life Events Again

Dave was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and for the first ...

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4 Tips to Help Teach Your Child About Self-Catheterization

At a certain age, kids will be the first to tell you that they want ...

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Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Wheelchair Users

Are you dreading this winter season? Dealing with slushy, icy, snowy, ...

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Making Adaptive Climbing More Accessible with Arthur Torrey

Editor’s Note: When a tree-cutting accident in 2010 led to broken ...

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Barbara Cramer – 75 Years of Defying Stereotypes

Editor’s Note:  An earlier version of this post may have left the ...

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Serving the Spina Bifida Community with the SBAGNE

I serve as the executive director of the SBAGNE. One of my primary ...

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Comfort Medical is Helping People to Achieve a Healthier and Happier Lifestyle

If you’re an avid Wheel:Life reader, you may remember that we ...

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Advocating for Disability Rights with Stephanie Woodward and CDR

Editor’s Note: During a summer internship at the Center for ...

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Building Strength and Confidence with Handi Capable Fitness

Editor’s Note: A botched hernia operation during infancy left James ...

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Comfort Medical Sponsors Freedom Concepts to Help You Win An Adaptive Bike

Have you always dreamt of gliding down the street with the wind in ...

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Experience It All At the Abilities Expo!

Days are becoming shorter, nights longer, and the holiday season is ...

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ParaSportsLive: Bringing Adaptive Sports Coverage to the World

Editor’s Note:  When wheelchair user Tony Jackson’s original ...

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Introducing the New Cure Ultra Coude Intermittent Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra® Coude ...

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Get Ready for Rolling With Me’s Each By Name Conference

Wheel:Life, Comfort Medical, and Rolling With Me is excited to ...

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Smooth Sailing with David Gaston

Editor’s Note:  A Texas coast native, David Gaston has been in and ...

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Gain Traction This Fall with National Ramp

Summer is officially over and dreary winter weather is on its way. ...

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Wheelchair Dancers Organization Says Everybody Can Dance!

When life-long dancer Beverly Weurding was diagnosed with limb-girdle ...

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Pursuing Health and Happiness with Malaise Wheelchair Fitness

Editor’s Note: Justin Malaise grew up in small-town Wisconsin as a ...

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Former Ms. Wheelchair Illinois Continues to be a Voice for the Community

Editor’s Note: Born with spina bifida, Kim Brown has been a ...

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Dare to Discover the World of Accessible Travel With Handiscover

Editor’s Note: Sebastien Archambeaud has always loved traveling, so ...

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Made for Kids! The Pediatric Hydrophilic Cure Catheter + Free Backpack Program

Parents only want what’s best for their children and keeping them ...

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Wheeling, Driving, Bowling, Preaching, Parenting…Johnny Hudson Does It All Hands-free!

Editor’s Note: Johnny Hudson was born in 1977 with unforeseen ...

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The Abilities Expo is Coming To Boston!

Boston awaits with open arms. This September 8–10, head over to the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Change Starts with You – Becoming an Advocate

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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WheelchairTravel.org: Blazing the Trail Towards an Accessible World  

Editor’s Note: After sustaining severe burns during a car accident ...

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The Artfully Gifted Foundation – Serving Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: The Artfully Gifted Foundation (a non-profit) was ...

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How the SCRS-IL Can Help You Live Independently

Editor’s Note: When triple degree holder Jose Gonzalez returned ...

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Peter Arballo Never Gave Up on Himself — Neither Should You

Editor’s Note: Peter Arballo was born in Southern California to ...

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Full Speed Ahead with Endurance Racer Michael Johnson

Editor’s Note: Michael Johnson of Lansing, Michigan, started racing ...

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The Extraordinary Life of Triple Amputee Monica Vickers

Editor’s Note: Monica Vickers was born in 1954 missing both legs ...

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Rick Hayden Rolls on Capitol Hill for Your Rights

When Rick Hayden visited the US Capitol last week, he went with your ...

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Gear Up for Abilities Expo Chicago

Calling all Midwesterners — Abilities Expo is coming to Chicago! As ...

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Run, Jump, and Throw Stuff with Angel City Sports

Editor’s Note: Clayton Frech is the CEO and founder of Los ...

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Sled Hockey with Coach Koz

Editor’s Note: Sled hockey (also known as sledge hockey) is almost ...

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Summer Solutions with STYLEDWEL

Editor’s Note: Mary Marshall, founder of STYLEDWEL, created ...

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Following Your Inner Guidance with Kristina Rhoades and How National Ramp is Helping Her Do It

Editor’s Note: Kristina Rhoades is a mom, wife, speaker, writer, ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Encouragement Through Peer Support Groups

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Allen Beauchamp on Life, Love and Hockey

My name is Allen Beauchamp, and I’m 43 years old. I live in a ...

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Yoocan Get Empowered!

Editor’s Note: Inspired by a family member with disabilities, Moshe ...

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Introducing the Cure Ultra: Ready to Use Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra™ Intermittent ...

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Refuel and Rejuvenate At Abilities Expo New York Metro

East coasters, or anyone within striking distance, gear up for ...

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Criptaedo: Breaking Boards and Barriers

Editor’s note: Paul Brailer, aka Criptaedo, was born with spina ...

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Rolling Forward with Amputee Advocate Stella Sieber

I’m currently 63 years old and live in Durham, North Carolina. ...

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Stroke by Stroke: Moving Forward with Mallory Weggemann

Editor’s Note: At 18 years old, Mallory Weggemann walked into the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Your New Normal After a Spinal Cord Injury

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Glenn Moscoso: Wheelchair Daddy

Editor’s note:  Glenn Moscoso is a husband and father living with ...

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Avoiding Slippery Slopes with Garth Walker and National Ramp

Editor’s Note: After selling his prior business, Garth Walker went ...

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The National Sports Center for the Disabled: Finding Self-Confidence through Personal Challenge

Editor’s Note: The National Sports Center for the Disabled, founded ...

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Wheeling around the World with Susie Twydell

Editor’s Note: Based in England, Susie Twydell, an avid traveler ...

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Amplitude Media Group: Closing the Information Gap

Wheel:Life is thrilled to announce their newest community partner, ...

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Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!  

Editor’s Note: Wilderness on Wheels (WOW) is a foundation and a ...

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Comfort Conversations: Events, Free Packs, and More with James “Woody” Beckham

Editor’s Note: The Woody Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ...

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Jenn Sexton Shares Her Secret for Independence: An Extra Long Cure Catheter

Jenn Sexton was five weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Thomas, ...

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Glen Schlotterbeck: Reinvent Yourself!

Editors note: As a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Glen ...

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Educate, Energize, and Enlighten at Abilities Expo Los Angeles

The Abilities Expo is back in Los Angeles and gearing up to show you ...

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Juan Sebastian Betancourt: Changing the Way Businesses Serve People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: Juan Betancourt is on a path to change the world for ...

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AccessibleIndonesia: Making Travel Accessible in a Non-Accessible Country

Editor’s note: Kerstin Beise, a German physiotherapist, who also ...

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A Lesson on Living Life to the Fullest with Hydred Makabali

Editor’s note: Hydred Makabali, born and raised in England and now ...

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Knocking Down The Pins of Life with Wheelchair Bowling Champion Kenneth Hill

Editor’s Note: Fifty-year-old Kenneth Hill from Plainfield, ...

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Take Your Wings and Fly with Denise Horn

Editor’s Note: Fifty-six-year-old Denise Horn of Janesville, ...

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Ashley Hutson Wilson Beat a Small Chance of Survival to Live a Full Life

Editor’s Note: Thirty-one year old Ashley Hutson Wilson from Kyle, ...

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Jam with Mel Bergman: Creator of Wheely Guitars

Editor’s Note: Mel Bergman of Camarillo, California, is the ...

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Gary “Tiger” Balletto: Champion Prize Fighter Who Rolls with the Punches

Editor’s Note: You can capture a ferocious wild tiger and put him ...

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Meet Robby Heisner: Creative Entrepreneur on Wheels

Editor’s Note: Robby Heisner of Smyrna, Georgia ...

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The National Rifle Association’s Adaptive Shooting Program with Dr. Joseph Logar

Dr. Joseph Logar Editor’s Note: Dr. Joseph Logar has his doctorate ...

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The Rollettes Take On an E.P.I.C. Project to Empower Others

Editor’s Note: Chances are, you’ve seen these ladies ...

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Speak Up Now to Save Your Wheelchair: Fight Medicare Cuts

Your window is narrowing to preserve access to mobility equipment – ...

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Go Further Together with GRIT: Stories of Community Support

Our friends at GRIT, the makers of the revolutionary Freedom Chair, ...

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Paralyzed Veteran’s Mom Awarded Dream Trip by ElDorado Mobility

Editor’s Note: Serving our country as a military service member is ...

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Wheelchair Karate: Attack the Attacker with Kenneth Perry

Editor’s Note: Kenneth Perry from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...

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Ditch Your Chair to Sit-Ski the Slopes with Tom Cannalonga 

Editor’s Note: Fifty-two-year-old Tom Cannalonga lives in Edison, ...

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We are so glad you’re here! Wheel:Life is a global initiative ...

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