healthier bodies bleed less toolkit

Proper nutrition, combined with safe and effective exercise, is important for everybody. HFA’s health and wellness program, FitFactor offers services designed to help those living with a bleeding disorder improve health, fitness, and quality of life through regular physical activity and proper nutrition.

This toolkit is a highlight of some of the resources within the FitFactor program. Included are:

  • presentations (recorded webinars, videos)
  • downloads (articles, documents)
  • links to other resources

Be sure to check out our full FitFactor library for more information.

Note: Inclusion of resources by a third party site or organization do not constitute an endorsement by HFA, the HFA Board, volunteers or staff. 


GoogleHangout_HealthyBodies_IMAGE Google Hangout: Living Healthy with A Bleeding Disorder: In this Young Adult Hangout hear the experiences of young adult men and women living with bleeding disorders on how they maintain a healthy lifestyle.
HFA_FitFactor.HR FitFactor Fitness Videos: Physical activity doesn’t have to cost much time or money, but can make a big difference in your overall health & resources spent on dealing with a bleed. Visit our video library to learn more.

MattStingerFFVOICES_IMAGEPAULFFVOICES_IMAGE Bleeding Disorders Community Perspectives:

  • Taking Control of your Health: Matthew, who has hemophilia, has benefited from swimming & biking and gives back to others within the bleeding disorders community by participating in HFA’s annualGears for Good bike ride.
  • Be Active-Interview with Paul Brayshaw: Paul, who participates in our annual  Gears for Good Bike Ride, talks about the support and encouragement he received from his parents, and how he will lead by example when sharing life lessons with his newborn son.




Dateline_GIG HFA Dateline Federation Articles: Our quarterly print newsletter features articles about health and wellness. The following offer helpful hints for keeping your body in tip top shape

FF Recipes_Image Eating Smart with FitFactor: These articles give helpful hints on how to create a healthy eating environment for the whole family.

FitFactor Recipes: Our FitFactor recipe library features many recipes for smart eating. These are a few of our favorites:

Resistance Bands_IMAGE Keeping Physically Active with FitFactor: HFA regularly adds new fitness related articles to our FitFactor resources. The following are specifically about staying physically active with a bleeding disorder.

Get in Gear FREE Fitiness Mobile App Get in Gear App: HFA’s app for smartphones is designed to encourage people to become more active. It can be used to track any fitness activity, from walking to yoga to swimming to marathons…all while listening to music on your mobile device!
NHF_lmage NHF: The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for inheritable bleeding disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research. The following is a brochure developed by the Physical Therapist Working Group of the NHF.



gearsforgood_logo-2 Gears for Good Bike Rides: Dedicated to encouraging and promoting a healthier lifestyle, these rides are designed to be challenging. They celebrate the dedication to health and wellness for those who work hard to achieve beyond their disorder! The riders raise money knowing that the funds they raise support a critical safety net program for other community peers: Helping Hands! In its 6th year, the DC ride is the most challenging, 3 days, 156 miles on a crushed rock trail. Two additional rides of 1-2 days each in New England and a Midwest or Western location are also planned for 2016.
CDC-logo-03.12.15-low-res CDC, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: The CDC Division of Blood Disorders offers many resources to learn more about bleeding disorders.

usda-logo United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.

presidentscouncilonfitness President’s Council on Fitness: The President’s Council engages, educates, and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The President’s Council is made up of athletes, chefs, physicians, fitness professionals, and educators who are appointed by the President and serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
PhysicalActivityGuide The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG) are an essential resource for health professional and policymakers. Based on the latest science, they provide guidance on how children and adults can improve their health through physical activity. Learn ways to help consumers understand the benefits of physical activity and how to make it a part of their regular routine.


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