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The Illinois Disability and Health Program is a collaboration initiated jointly by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The goal of the program is to develop, sustain and support activities to improve the health and quality of life and reduce the risk of chronic disease and associated secondary conditions among persons with disabilities.
Funding for this program is provided through a federal grant from the Disability and Health Team, National Center on Birth Defects, Developmental Disabilities, and Disability and Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Persons with disability are often susceptible to additional health conditions as a result of their primary disability. For example, precursors of common chronic diseases, such as physical inactivity, obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol, are more prevalent among persons with disability than those without. Despite these higher health risks, persons with disability are often overlooked by health promotion and disease prevention efforts.
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