Statistics

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National Statistics

  • Obesity rates for adults with disabilities are 58% higher than for adults without disabilities.1
  • Obesity rates for children with disabilities are 38% higher than for children without disabilities.1
  • A BMI of 30 or higher is obese; the average BMI for adults with disabilities in NJ is 35.8.1
  • 34% of people with disabilities versus 53% of people without disabilities participate in leisure physical activity.2
  • 17% of caregivers feel their health in general has gotten worse as a result of their caregiving responsibilities.3
  • 72% of family caregivers report not going to the doctor as often as they should.3
  • 58% of family caregivers indicate worse exercise habits than before caregiving responsibilities.3

1Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2008-2010
2U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2005
3Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP. November 2009


Get FIT Program Statistics

  • 679 students trained in working with individuals with special needs in the fitness arena
  • 956 health screenings of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and caregivers
  • 1,530 individuals participated in Get FIT exercise programs or nutrition counseling
  • 381 individuals have attended community based Get FIT health fairs or workshops
  • 608 professionals attended Get FIT presentations