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Wellness strategies and long-term disability

Readers of this Social Security disability blog may be taking efforts toward their long-term health. Although Social Security disability insurance payments can provide some assistance when accident or illness strikes, the eligibility criteria can be tough to pass. An attorney might help improve those odds, of course, but many readers may hope to avoid the situation entirely by taking preventative wellness measures now.

In terms of achieving a healthy weight, there's a lot of information on the Internet and in popular culture offering advice to achieve quick results. Readers may wonder how to assess, let alone prioritize such information. A recent article provides guidance.

For starters, when it comes to the single most important contributor to weight loss, dieting trumps other strategies. Watching caloric intake, as well as they types of nutritional sources consumed, is much faster than trying to exercise off calories. For example, a mere two ounces of potato chips might require a three-mile run.

Yet exercise may also be needed, especially in individuals whose metabolism might have slowed due to inactivity, illness or disability. Unfortunately, data suggests that the metabolism in individuals who have been physically inactive for an extended period, due to disability or some other reason, might never return exactly to normal. Said another way, a slowed metabolism can be improved, but might always require extra work.

For individuals with a long-term disability, such news might warrant additional considerations in their treatment and rehabilitation programs. Just as the Social Security Administration looks at functioning -- such as motor coordination, range of motion, cognitive impairment, and other factors -- in its determination of SSDI eligibility status, so might a wellness coach or health care provider look for ways that a person with a disability might maximize healthy choices in his or her daily functioning. 

Source: forbes.com, “The 6 Weight-Loss Tips That Science Actually Knows Work,” Alice G. Walton, Sept. 4, 2013

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