Healthy living

Being healthy and active is important for everyone, but it is especially important for people with Down’s syndrome who can be more susceptible to weight-related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Research has found that of those involved in DSActive sessions, 27% have lost weight, 68% have improved their fitness, 71% have grown in confidence, 78% have improved their physical ability and 91% have improved their social skills.

Being active is an important part of being healthy, but what you eat is just as important. The DSActive team have been working with a leading nutritionist to develop new resources to help support people with Down’s syndrome to make good choices about their nutrition.

Below are two factsheets, one for parents and carers, and one for people with Down’s syndrome. The first one gives information on why eating a healthy diet is important, as well as offering practical tips on how to help improve someone’s diet. The second provides information on food in an accessible format for people with Down’s syndrome. They can be downloaded by clicking on the images below:


Nutrition app

The DSActive team have produced an app to help people with Down’s syndrome to make positive changes to their lifestyle and to improve their digital skills. The app can be download by clicking on the links below.

The app was possible thanks to a grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with the grant being managed by Citizens Online.

The app is specifically designed to suit the needs of people with Down’s syndrome and the main aim is to allow improvement in the digital skills of its users. The app will also support the users to make positive choices about their nutrition and lifestyle, it includes a food tracker, an activity tracker and information and resources on making positive nutrition and lifestyle choices.

To read the evaluation of the app please click the documents below.

DSActive Health Swap app Evaluation 1

DSActive Health Swap app Evaluation 2



Download for FREE from the App Store or Google Play today: 

Download Health Swap App on Google Play


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