Chen et al postulated that the energy and effort invested by parents in managing their child’s chronic illness may prevent them from dedicating time to physical activity; others have mentioned parent lack of motivation and child physical limitations as possible causes of inadequate physical activity in these children (3,4,16).

The top barriers to physical activity were reported as child’s lack of interest (43%), lack of developmentally appropriate programs (33%), too many behavioral problems (32%), and parents’ lack of time (29%).

However, child’s lack of interest was the only parent-reported barrier independently associated with children’s physical activity.

Thus, obesity can significantly worsen the already fragile health of children with special needs.

Youth with disabilities may require unusual diets, have limited nutritional options, and use medications such as corticosteroids, which may predispose them to obesity; a large proportion, meanwhile, may lack adequate physical activity (3,8–10).

Additionally, the school nutrition program offers its kitchens and cafeterias as learning laboratories to support teachers with nutrition education activities in the classroom. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g.

Our commitment to good nutrition for your kids just keeps getting stronger! Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.It is our goal to provide quality food items that are (1) acceptable to customers, (2) accommodating to children with special needs, (3) consistent with the Dietary Guidelines and (4) served in a pleasant, attractive and safe environment by caring people.We plan, prepare and offer food choices as healthful examples for Liberty County students to increase the likelihood they will learn to choose a healthful diet. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.Suggested citation for this article: Yazdani S, Yee CT, Chung PJ. PEER REVIEWED Introduction Obesity is especially prevalent among children with special needs.Factors Predicting Physical Activity Among Children With Special Needs. Both lack of physical activity and unhealthful eating are major contributing factors.Further studies should examine the importance of parental physical activity among children with special needs.