MedFest

MedFest was created to offer the physical exam that all athletes need prior to participating in Special Olympics sports programming.


MedFest

It is sometimes the first exposure these athletes have to medical care. In many cases, life-threatening conditions have been found and subsequently treated thanks to MedFest. Led by volunteer physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and medical students, the MedFest screening consists of the following stations: medical history, height and weight, blood pressure, cardiology test, musculoskeletal test, orthopedic tests, abdominal evaluation, and a check out station. For more information, contact Peyton Purcell (ppurcell@specialolympics.org), Senior Manager, MedFest.


MedFest News and Stories


January 15, 2016 | North America: Virginia

Virginia's Third Medfest

By Karoline Seekford

VCU Dental Students (Karoline Seekford and NajJar Reham)

Medfest is a one day event that provides free medical exams for more than 100 Richmond students with intellectual disabilities.View Story Medfest is a one day event that provides free medical exams for more than 100 Richmond students with intellectual disabilities. This event gives the students the potential to be cleared for sports participation, while also diagnosing these students with previously undiagnosed disorders, educating them about their health, and teaching those professionals volunteering their time how to treat people with disabilities. Special Olympics Medfest 2015: This year I had the pleasure of working with the great people of Special Olympics, and VCU Medical College of Virginia, to provide free oral screenings for these students. There were more than 10 students, residents, and faculty of VCU dental at the event volunteering their time. We welcomed these students to the event providing them with oral screenings, educating them on their brushing and flossing, and with the help from Special Olympics, we were able to give each kid a Shrek electric toothbrush (which you can imagine they were extremely happy about). This has been by far my favorite event while attending dental school. I have always been very passionate about volunteering my time with Special Olympics since attending Virginia Tech. I spent every Thursday night bowling with the athletes of the Blacksburg/Christiansburg area. While I know I was volunteering to help them, I have always felt that I have gained more from the experience than anything else. No matter how my week was going, I left every Thursday night with a smile on my face. I am extremely happy that we have been able to expand this very special and exciting event to include oral health. This event would not have been possible without the support of the VCU Dental Pediatric Department, Special Care Interest Group, the VCU Marketing Department, Psi Omega Fraternity, the SO Urban Director Floyd Miller, and the Medfest Coordinator Priya Chandan.

About Karoline Seekford :I am currently a second year VCU Dental student and a 2014 graduate of Virginia Tech. I was raised in Berryville, VA, a small town in Northwest Virginia. I have been involved with Special Olympics for a number of years now and I am very honored that I have been able to be a part of the Medfest event.
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June 16, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Healthy Athletes Making a Big Impact for Thousands of Athletes During Summer Games

By Heather Harmer

Athletes in Maryland were able to receive bone density screening during Health Promotion. People with intellectual disabilities are far more

All across North America, programs are busy hosting Summer Games competitions. Along with the sporting events, Healthy Athletes screenings have been at the forefront of the competitions. It's expected that more than 35,000 athletes from North America will be screened during May and June alone.View Story All across North America, programs are busy hosting Summer Games competitions. Along with the sporting events, Healthy Athletes screenings have been at the forefront of the competitions. It's expected that more than 35,000 athletes from North America will be screened during May and June alone. During Summer Games, Special Olympics Michigan celebrates the accomplishments of their Healthy Athletes program by selecting a Healthy Athlete of the Year. This year's winner was Ben Dornoff who credits Healthy Athletes with helping him led a healthier lifestyle. In Maryland, athletes and their families were excited about the bone density screenings during Health Promotion. People with intellectual disabilities have a far greater risk of osteoporosis then people without disabilities. However this screening is not widely available during an athlete's physical. Thanks to the volunteers; both the clinical and students who give their time and talents to providing free screening.

About Heather Harmer:Heather Harmer is the Senior Manager for Healthy Athletes in North America.
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March 31, 2014 | Africa: Kenya

Kenya Medical students volunteer at a Healthy Athletes Screening.

By Mr John Makathimo

The month of February saw Special Olympics Kenya (SOK) hosting an all disciplines Healthy Athletes Screening.View Story The month of February saw Special Olympics Kenya (SOK) hosting an all disciplines Healthy Athletes Screening. The Kenya Medical Training College offered its facilities to conduct the training and prior to the screening 45 volunteers from the college were trained with the help of 5 clinical directors and SOK National Director, Mr John Makathimo. SO Africa Regional Manager, Mr Joe Mutua helped oversee the event and gave a comprehensive background about Special Olympics to help orientate the volunteers. The Screening covered the following disciplines, MEDFEST, FITFeet, Opening eyes, Special Smiles, and Health Promotion at the Pwani Special School in Kisauni, Mombasa. Clinical Director, Dr. Gome Lenga coordinated the event and the volunteers excellently: he even organised a sponsorship of 300 liters of water to ensure that no one got dehydrated during the course of the event. Congratulations on a great event everyone and a big thank you to the volunteers from the Kenya Medical Training Col

About Mr John Makathimo:Special Olympics Kenya National Director
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