Health and Fitness

Special Olympics’ health programming focuses on improving the physical and social-emotional well-being of people with ID by increasing inclusion in health care, wellness and health systems for Special Olympics athletes and others with ID.

Currently, people with ID face significant challenges in accessing quality health care and obtaining opportunities that promote fitness and wellness, resulting in pronounced health disparities and reduced life expectancy.

Health Programming

Learn how we are making a difference by visiting the links below.
Healthy LEAP Healthy AthletesFitness and Wellness

Healthy LEAP

Healthy LEAP (Lifestyle Education And Practice) is a free 8 week health and fitness curriculum that provides K-12 students, with and without disabilities, necessary information, equipment and materials covering physical and personal wellness, social emotional health and prevention and risk management. Healthy LEAP lessons align with Colorado’s Department of Education Academic Health Standards and can aid in achievement of existing school goals.

If you are an educator in Colorado and would like to implement Healthy LEAP in your classroom(s), please contact us by clicking here.

Healthy Athletes

The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program offers free health exams and health information to adults and children with intellectual disabilities. These clinics, run by trained volunteers, are making a huge impact in the lives of Special Olympics athletes.

Fitness & Wellness

Physical fitness is a key part of the Special Olympics mission. Fitness is the state of optimal health and performance through adequate physical activity, nutrition, and hydration. In order for our athletes to be fit, they must practice healthy habits year-round and lifelong. Fitness programming empowers athletes and their supporters to take charge of their own health and fitness by providing necessary education, social support, opportunities and tracking of progress.

Virtual Opportunities

Virtual Training

SONA Move Challenge

School of Strength

Fit 5 Program

Our Team

Leah Combs
Senior Health & Wellness Manager
(720) 359-3128

Jena Twete
Fitness and Wellness Manager 
(720) 359-3134

Thank you to all of our Health Partners and Sponsors for making our health programming possible!

Special Smiles Sponsor Lockup


Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Contact Victoria MacFarlane, our Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships below!

Victoria MacFarlane
Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships
(720) 359-3108