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Active Transportation for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

OVERVIEW: Gretchen Snethen, Ph.D, CTRS and Brandon Snead, CTRS -   Active transportation can be defined as human-powered transportation. This might include walking, using a wheelchair, cycling or skateboarding. Even using public transportation is considered active transportation due to the increased physical activity in comparison to using one’s own vehicle. Research shows that active transportation is associated with holistic wellness benefits. It can also allow for greater commuting independence for those with limited financial resources. These are of direct concern among the population of people with psychiatric disabilities. Therefore, the role of the Recreation Therapist may include transportation education and encouraging participation in commuting preferences. This lies within our scope of practice because many forms of active transportation can be, in themselves, leisure experiences associated with health benefits. In this session, we will discuss the benefits of active transportation. We will also facilitate a conversation about the potential barriers that consumers may experience and identify strategies that can be used to support consumers’ goals to increase active transportation.

Expires: 07/13/2022
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