The Center on Nutrition and Disability was launched in 2013 as a nutrition education source of the national Get FIT Movement. Get FIT, which was launched in 2008 by The Family Resource Network, aims to provide equitable opportunities for people with disabilities, chronic illness, families, and caregivers to lead a healthy lifestyle by increasing access to physical activity opportunities and nutrition education tools. The resources that live on the Center’s website can be used by self-advocates, caregivers, families, and health care professionals.
Since its establishment in 2013, the Center has implemented community-based nutrition education and cooking classes for children and adults with disabilities, allowing them to explore the benefits of healthy eating and trying new foods and textures. As an advocate for an inclusive culture of health and wellness, the Center has also assisted community-based facilities with the development of wheelchair accessible community gardens. The Center offers a series of webinars, Inclusive Standards of Nutrition, trainings such as the Fresh Foods Initiative, and nutrition focused resources for individuals with disabilities, providers and caregivers in efforts to equip them with the skills and resources needed to promote sustainable healthy eating.