Health Tips 

For People with Disabilities

HPSM works with health care providers to ensure that you get care that meets your needs as a whole person. 

While there are some special health considerations for people with disabilities, many health tips are similar for everyone. Here are some health tips that can help you stay healthy: 

Get regular check-ups and screenings 

Visit your primary care provider (PCP) at least once a year to check in on your health. When scheduling your visit, be sure to let your provider know if you’ll need extra time or assistance during your appointment. At your visits, inform your PCP of any health, lifestyle or medication changes. Also make sure to talk to your PCP about scheduling recommended screenings and other ways you can stay healthy. Breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings help prevent cancer deaths and find early signs of cancer. Learn more about regular check-ups and screenings.

Eat a healthy diet 

Aim to eat foods from all five main food groups every day. Follow your PCP’s advice on the foods that are right for you. Keeping up a balanced diet will help you stay healthy. Learn more about how to eat healthy.

Stay Active 

Physical activity has many benefits. It can:

  • Help you keep a healthy weight
  • Lower your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • Boost your mood
  • Improve daily living activities and independence 

Always check in with your PCP before starting a new exercise routine. If you prefer to be active in your home, there are resources that can help you get started. Learn about exercise for people with disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. 

Check in with yourself 

Life with a disability may feel challenging at times. When life gets overwhelming, take a small break to pause, breathe and reflect on your feelings. If you feel overwhelmed most of the time, speak to your PCP. You can also call the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) ACCESS line at 1-800-686-0101 (TTY: dial 7-1-1) to be connected to a therapist.

Don’t smoke 

Smoking harms many organs in the body, causing many diseases. If you smoke, quitting may be the best thing you can do for your health now and over the long term. Learn more about resources that can help you quit.