Special Olympics athletes compete in track and field events at a meet in Maryland.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out new findings today on physical activity and people with disabilities. Half of adult Americans with disabilities who could be active at some level get no aerobic physical activity. In contrast to the CDC findings, all Special Olympics athletes are physically active through the training and competition the organization offers in 32 different sports plus fitness, health, and wellness activities. Read how Special Olympics helps.
Physical activity has been linked to lower incidence of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers, so it was not surprising that the CDC study, featured in its monthly "Vital Signs" reporting, found that adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have these four types of morbidity than adults without disabilities, and that adults with disabilities who do not exercise are 50% more likely to have them, compared with adults who also have disabilities but are physically active.
About Lynn Aylward: I work in communications for Special Olympics.