Health and Wellness

Special Olympics Colorado offers a variety of Health & Wellness Programming, including:

Healthy Athletes

Upcoming Healthy Athletes Screenings

Healthy Relationships and Boundaries Part One

In this webinar, Terri Couwenhoven will be speaking as part of Special Olympics Colorado's Family Health Forum. Part One's programming is catered towards family members, caregivers, staff members, coaches, and other support people of our athletes.4:00-5:00 PM Don’t Cross the Line! Navigating Boundary Confusion in People with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities Boundary confusion is a […]

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Healthy Relationships and Boundaries Part Two

In this webinar, Terri Couwenhoven will be speaking as part of Special Olympics Colorado’s Family Health Forum. Part Two's programming is catered towards our athletes only. This is for athletes that are ages 15 and up.4:00-5:00 PM Don’t Cross The Line!  Boundary Basics for Staying Safe and Appropriate In this session you will learn what a […]

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Strategic Plan Town Hall

Special Olympics Colorado will be hosting a Strategic Plan Town Hall on Thursday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. This town hall is open to everyone, including coaches, athletes, volunteers, etc. During this time, we will review our Strategic Plan and answer any questions you may have! If you are interested in attending, please click the […]

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Strong Minds – Compassion for Yourself

Join us for the next part of our Virtual Family Health Forum Speaker series on Wednesday, February 10th to discuss Strong Minds - Compassion for Yourself.

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Health and Fitness for the Whole Family

Join us for the next part of our Virtual Family Health Forum Speaker series on Wednesday, February 24 to discuss Health and Fitness.

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Through event-based screenings, Healthy Athletes works to:

  • Make Referrals to Local Health Practitioners when Appropriate
  • Train Health Care Professionals about the Needs and Care of People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Collect, Analyze and Disseminate Data on the Health Status and Needs of People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Advocate for Improved Health Policies and Programs for People with Intellectual Disabilities

We Offer Health Examinations in Seven Disciplines:

Get Involved:

  • Become a Clinical Director (a medical volunteer who helps run health screenings)
  • Become a Volunteer (a medical professional, student or someone not in the health field that would like to volunteer at a health screening)

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Why is Special Olympics Involved in Health: 

Research studies conducted by Special Olympics found disturbing evidence that individuals with intellectual disabilities face widespread health problems, while physicians, dentists and other health professionals are not receiving adequate training in order to treat them.

In a large study of Special Olympics athletes:

  • 30% failed hearing tests
  • 35% had untreated vision impairments
  • 29% of males and 13% of females had below normal bone mineral density
  • 50% had one or more foot diseases or conditions

To learn more about upcoming Healthy Athletes Screenings contact the Health and Wellness Coordinator, Leah Combs.

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