Special Olympics Narrows Health Gap Faced by People with Intellectual Disabilities

Thousands in nine countries received free health care through Healthy Communities initiative. Global campaign to expand to 100 Healthy Communities by 2025 announced. Washington, D.C. – 19 November 2014 – Special Olympics released data today outlining the results of its successful two-year old Healthy Communities initiative and announced that it will expand the program from 14 to 100 sites by 2025. Healthy Communities provides essential health services to people with intellectual disabilities, a population that […]

Eating Healthy on a Tight Budget is Possible

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BY BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD Take your own food inventory, look at your food bills and see where you might be spending some extra hard-earned cash on foods that are really not good for your wallet or you. There is so much conversation around this topic today. And it is no wonder. When you shop for healthier foods or organic produce and compare the prices to the cost of processed […]

Linebacker Sacks Ewing’s Sarcoma

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON Because of his passion for the game of football, Herzlich passed on the surgery and began a grueling seven-month routine of chemo and radiation. Ewing’s Sarcoma (“ES”) is a very rare and highly aggressive form of bone cancer that forms from a certain kind of cell in bone or soft tissue surrounding the bone. It occurs most often in adolescents, especially boys ages 10 to 20, and is […]

Sunlight Isn’t Enough

BY SUNIL J. WIMALAWANSA, MD, PHD, MBA, FACE, FRCP, FACP, FRCPATH, DSC Optimal Intakes of Vitamin D for Persons with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities: Almost Everyone Needs Vitamin D Supplements. Adequate vitamin D is essential for optimal health. In addition to the well-known effects of enhancing mineral metabolism, irrespective of the age, gender, or health status of the patient, vitamin D has beneficial effects on many other conditions, including neuromodulation, muscle strength and coordination, autoimmune disorders, […]

Sports Performance Supplements and Enhancers: Fact or Fiction?

BY BARBARA MINTZ, MS, RD HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES An educated consumer is a healthier consumer. The way to cut through the hype is to become aware of the clever marketing behind these products. There is no doubt that as sports and athletic enthusiasts, we are bombarded and tempted by the wide assortment of sports foods, drinks and supplements on the market today. The industry has bombarded even weekend warriors with advertising of products that […]

Ask Dr. Sheypuk Danielle Sheypuk, Ph.D.

With this column, I hope to open up a freer, franker discussion about dating, romance, and sexuality with a disability. I am so pleased to be launching my column, “Ask Dr. Sheypuk.” It is something that I have wanted to do for a long time now and something that is greatly needed in the community of people with physical disabilities and those in our family and social circles. One out of five Americans is affected by disability, […]

Sports and Friends…What Really Counts!

COACH’S CORNER BY TOM CURRY Winning is great and championships are always fun, but the friendships you take with you will remain, long after the last whistle blast is heard. I often think how lucky I have been in my life. I have a great family, a good job and some wonderful people I am lucky enough to call friends. When I thought about this the other day, I realized that I have met most […]


From the Coach’s Corner: Captains Aug 5, 2014 The team captain is the one who by their attitude and play is really saying, “get on my back…let’s get this done.” By Tom Curry Each year, many students and parents concern themselves with the child being named or voted “captain “of their particular team. I have had a number of parents over the years express concern over voting results, the formula used, who tallied the votes, […]

How to Practice

From the Coach’s Corner: How to Practice Jul 2, 2014 By Tom Curry When I was coaching basketball, students would tell me how hard they had practiced over the summer, and each day in the fall, in preparation of trying out for the team. Even the parents got in the act with one father telling me that his son practiced everyday in their driveway. “Why coach, there are some nights when he even beats me!,” […]