Health and lifestyle

The Spinalis Health Program/Spinalis Health Navigator is a model for health promotion in the rehabilitation of persons with spinal cord injury. The model was developed by the Spinalis Foundation and with funding by The Swedish Inheritance Fund Commission (Allmänna Arvsfonden).

The art of healthy living with physical impairments
This guide to an active and healthy lifestyle is written primarily for You. For those of you who live with a physical impairment and want more information, who are keen to get in better shape, and who have a desire for a healthy lifestyle and its positive effects. But it is also intended for family and friends, personal assistants, rehabilitation professionals, and primary health providers who want to advance their understanding. The authors are Anna-Carin Lagerström and Kerstin Wahman.

The book provides adapted programs based on scientific research and clinical experience as well as tips and advice from individuals living with physical impairments.


  • Our 10 best tips for good health
  • Motivation and lifestyle change
  • Food and weight
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Mindfulness and thought-training

Some information in this book relates to specific issues for persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI). This is simply because we are most active within and most knowledgeable about rehabilitation following SCI. But whatever you are dealing with: paralysis, spasticity, limb amputation, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, or similar challenges – we believe you will be able to make good use of the various health tools provided in this book.

The authors
The Swedish authors, both physiotherapists and health coaches: Anna-Carin Lagerström, RPT, MSc, Health Educator and Kerstin Wahman, RPT, PhD have dedicated many years of professional work to pioneer clinical practice and scientific studies in health and lifestyle for persons living with physical impairments, especially in the field of spinal cord injury.

“We know for certain from many years of clinical practice conducting lifestyle programs in rehabilitation settings, that through modified food choices, adapted regular physical activity, and the cultivation of a positive mindset, increased well-being is possible.”

Price: SEK 200 (+ shipping fees)

Please make your book order via our book coordinator Annelie Olausson, by phone ore-mail.
Phone: +46 (0)8 – 555 44 263

The book is available for free of charge as a pdf here:
The art of healthy living with physical impairments
and as a E-book (for aprox. SEK 17) at the online book shops Bokus and Adlibris.

Food, weight and health for people with spinal cord injury

The purpose of this brochure is to help you gain knowledge and awareness about the risk of developing overweight and obesity, what you can do to avoid becom- ing too heavy, and the general importance of diet for health and wellness.

One of the pillars of health and wellness is healthy food. This is true for everyone. The fact is that unhealthy eating habits is at the top of the list of risk factors
for the most common lifestyle diseases globally: cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.

This brochure is intended for those who have a spinal cord injury and answers common questions such as: What dietary guidelines apply? How should I eat to avoid extra kilos? What should I do if I want to lose weight?

Even if your background for physical impairment is not the result of a spinal cord injury, for example, you have Multiple sclerosis, Cerebral palsy, or have suffered a stroke or amputation, you can bene t greatly from the tips and advice on these pages.

We hope you get inspired!

Food, weight and health for people with spinal cord injury is part of the cooperation NutriNord_SCITM. It has been produced by Spinalis Foundation with funding from Märta and Gunnar V. Philipson’s Foundation. It is translated to English from the original Swedish version entitled, Mat, vikt och hälsa för dig med ryggmärgsskada (2017).


  • A healthier and lighter life
  • Many gain weight
  • What is a healthy weight?
  • Metabolic rate decreases
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • How much do I burn?
  • Physical activity and metabolic rate
  • How can I lose weight?
  • Healthy food choices
  • Weigh, measure and take control
  • One step at a time

The brochure is available in several languages. Download the pdf for free.

The folder in English.

The folder in Swedish.

The folder in Danish.

The folder in Norwegian.

The folder in Finnish.

The folder in Spanish.

The folder in Icelandic.

The folder in Dutch.

The folder in Estonian.

The folder in Slovenian.

The folder in Croatian.

The folder in Arabic.

The folder in Somali.

The folder in Ukrainian.