What is Healthy Athletes?
Healthy Athletes (HA) is a health screening and education program designed for people with intellectual disabilities. HA Screenings are offered in eight medical disciplines and are administered by volunteer health care providers. Launched in 1997, HA has made Special Olympics the largest health care provider for people with Intellectual Disabilities in the world.
In order for athletes to perform at their best, both on and off the playing field, we believe promoting a healthy lifestyle is critical to their success. The Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities.
Healthy Athletes Disciplines:
- Fit Feet (podiatry)
- FUNfitness (physical therapy)
- Health Promotion (better health and well-being)
- Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes (vision)
- Special Smiles (dentistry)
- Strong Minds (emotional well-being)
Virtual Games Healthy Athletes
We are providing a virtual Healthy Athletes as part of the School Champs Virtual Games. Our wonderful Clinical Directors/Healthy Athletes leads have filmed a series of videos for you! They include education and a challenge for you to complete!
Here is how you can participate:
Step 1: Download the Healthy Athletes Passport here
Step 2: Watch each of the Healthy Athletes videos here and check them off on your Healthy Athletes passport!
Step 3: Respond to the challenge by posting a photo and tagging #SOOVirtualSchool Champs
Step 4: Upload/Post a photo of your completed passport to receive a certificate and a shout-out on social media:
It's not to late to submitt your challenges from Games!
Virtual Games Healthy Athletes Weekly Challenges
As part of the Virtual Games we are challenging all athletes to complete 3 Healthy Athletes related tasks each day for two weeks until the Games begin. Track all of the challenges you complete below for a chance to be featured during the Games’ Opening Ceremonies!
Click HERE to submit your results for week one!
To submit your results use our form to check off the items you completed during week one and/or upload a copy/photo of your completed hard copy calendar.
Click HERE to submit your results for week two!
To submit your resuts use our form to check off the items you completed during week two and/or upload a copy/photo of your completed hard copy calendar.
Stay tuned for more Healthy Athletes content during the Virtual Games June 16-18!