Special Olympics Colorado offers a variety of Health & Wellness Programming, including:
Healthy LEAP (Lifestyle Education And Practice) is a series of health, nutrition, fitness, safety and injury prevention lessons and practical applications created specifically for youth and adults with and without intellectual disabilities. Each lesson includes specific tasks and activities to jump start the practice of a healthy lifestyle.
Weekly Lessons Include:
- Healthy Eating
- Healthy Weight and Obesity
- Behavior and Stress Management
- Bone Health
- Sports Nutrition and Hydration
- Exercise and Injury Prevention
- Sun Safety
- Personal Hygiene
- Prevention of Alcohol and Tobacco Use (only when age appropriate)
Healthy LEAP is made possible thanks to support received from the Colorado Health Foundation.
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:
- Fit Feet (podiatry)
- FUNfitness (physical therapy)
- Health Promotion (better health and well-being)
- Healthy Hearing (audiology)
- Medfest (sports physical exam)
- Opening Eyes (vision)
- Special Smiles (dentistry)
- 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)
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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