Inclusive Health

Special Olympics Colorado’s inclusive health programming focuses on improving the physical and social-emotional well-being of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) by broadening access and quality of care in health systems across the state.

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What does Inclusive Health mean?

Inclusive health means people with ID are able to take full advantage of the same health programs and services available to people who do not have 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. Special Olympics Colorado’s 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.

On a Team of Ten Athletes:

6 are overweight

4 have untreated tooth decay

2 have never had an eye exam

6 have concerns around flexibility

2 have potential hearing loss

How does Special Olympics Colorado make a difference?

On-going Prevention and Fitness
On-going Prevention and Fitness
Expand early childhood development, ongoing physical activity, fitness, social and emotional wellness, and prevention programming for SO athletes.
Early Detection and Care Coordination
Early Detection and Care Coordination
Enhance health assessments and ensure appropriate follow-up care for SO athletes.
Training the Health Workforce
Training the Health Workforce
Train the future and current healthcare workforce to better serve and be more inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities, including those from marginalized populations.
Transforming Health Systems
Transforming Health Systems
Advocate for improved healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities, at the local, regional and global levels by elevating their voices and health needs.

How does Special Olympics Colorado put athletes’ health first?

Healthy Athletes Screenings

Special Olympics Colorado’s Healthy Athletes program offers free health exams and health information to adults and children with intellectual disabilities during select SO Colorado events. Screenings include Opening Eyes, Funfitness, Fit Feet, Health Promotion, Healthy Hearing, Strong Minds, Special Smiles and MedFest. Check our event calendar for events that will include Healthy Athlete screenings.

Fitness & Wellness

Physical fitness is a key part of the Special Olympics Colorado’s mission. Fitness is the state of optimal health and performance through adequate physical activity, nutrition, and hydration. In order for 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.

Fitness Captains

The vision of the Fitness Captain program is to build a sustainable foundation of athlete leaders and coaches who are educated and trained to lead their peers in changing, or reinforcing, health behaviors and attitudes. Currently, Colorado has trained more than 100 athletes to serve as health leaders on their teams. Interested in becoming an a fitness captain?

Healthy LEAP

Healthy LEAP (Lifestyle Education and Practice) is a free 9-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.

Providers:

A critical goal of Special Olympics Colorado’s health programming is to transform health systems and provide athletes with a great experience when they visit a health care provider. We would love to talk with your office or organization about inclusive health and provide resources to help you interact most efficiently with patients who have intellectual disabilities. Contact Jena Twete to learn more.

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Jena Twete

Senior Inclusive Health Manager
(720) 359-3134
Email:  jtwete@specialolympicsco.org

Casey Torbet

Health and Wellness Manager
(720) 359-3106
Email: ctorbet@specialolympicsco.org