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:
The DSActive team are working with an app development company to produce a unique app specifically for people with Down’s syndrome. The app is possible thanks to a grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with the grant being managed by Citizens Online.
The app will be 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 will include a food tracker, an activity tracker and information and resources on making positive nutrition and lifestyle choices.
We’ve grown our team with a new Project Delivery Officer Guy who’s got years of experience of leading and managing digital projects. Guy has recruited a team of wonderfully helpful people with Down’s syndrome who form our App testing group. Thanks to Will, Pippa, Dan, Becksy and Anna for all your continued help.
The DSActive team have also had a wonderfully positive response from our members with over two hundred people offering help and completing our carer survey.
We endeavour to design the App around the needs of its future users, please watch highlights of our early research interviews (video to come). We are now busy working through design sprints and prototype testing. Keep an eye on our social media for updates on progress.