We interviewed Jane and Lydia Winans about diet and lifestyle changes to improve health for children with Down syndrome. You can watch the replay below:
Down syndrome is a genetic condition, but did you know that diet and lifestyle can play an enormous role in the developmental and health outcomes? It’s true! Tune in to watch our previously recorded Instagram Live with Jane and Lydia Winans, hosted by Shandy Laskey of Speaking of Health & Wellness and the Social Media Director of Epidemic Answers.
Listen in to this inspiring and insightful conversation to hear more about Lydia and Jane’s personal story using a whole-body, holistic nutrition and lifestyle approach to support Lydia’s health and development.
While we believe each child needs a personalized approach for their unique needs, there are many tips and strategies that parents of (and professionals working with) individuals with Down sydrome can take away from this conversation.
In addition to discussing their holistic health and wellness journey for Lydia and their family, Jane discussed how we can all work together to undo the Down syndrome bias in the educational system, our medical systems, and communities in general.
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About Jane Winans
Jane Winans is an education and personal-development coach who helps individuals embrace their totality, focus on their strengths, and celebrate daily. She’s a public speaker, educator, writer, and co-founder of Down Syndrome Options.
A wife and mother to three adult children, including Lydia age 18 who has Down syndrome, Jane speaks with wisdom, deep compassion, and levity. You can find more about her on her Facebook page and her interview about How to Skip Burnout and Fast Forward to Joy.
About Lydia Winans
Lydia Winans is a high-school senior where she’s the costume shop manager for an amazing theater program. She’s an officer of Best Buddies, a dedicated student, and a great friend. In addition to being a public speaker and advocate, she’s a prolific writer.
She works at Walgreens, is a counselor-in-training at a summer camp, and is a wonderful sister and daughter. Lydia loves sociology, psychology and anthropology.
After high school, she is excited to take college classes, travel, and pursue getting a book published.
This webinar is not a substitute for medical advice, treatment, diagnosis, or consultation with a medical professional. It is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on to make determinations related to treatment of a medical condition. Epidemic Answers has not verified and does not guaranty the accuracy of the information provided in this webinar.
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