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  • 10 October 2017

HOW CAN WE HELP PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES TO IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH?


We know that people with a learning disability have worse health than other people, and die sooner than they should.


They are 58 times more likely to die before the age of 50, and 4 times more likely to have a preventable cause of death. (Disability Rights Commission, 2006; Department of Health, 2008.)


Earlier this year, we were given some money from the NHS to help solve this problem.


BUT WHERE SHOULD WE START?


There are a lot of problems when it comes to making health and health services more equal, but we wanted to give people with a learning disability a simple message to take control of their health.


The message we are telling people is: claim your right to a free health check, be more active, and eat healthy food.


We made a film, following a character called Steve, with the aim of inspiring people to do these three things.


We also included a section about finding a job or volunteer role, because employment has proven benefits to somebody’s health and well-being.


You can watch the film here:


HTTPS://VIMEO.COM/225419333


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