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 Kyle Washburn (kwashburn@specialolympics.org), Director, MedFest.


MedFest News and Stories


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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September 25, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

First Year Shows Power of Healthy Communities

By Karl Hejlik

In just the first year, Healthy Athletes clinics were held in 54 new locations, providing services for 11,476 previously underserved people with intellectual disabilities and health education for 9,972 athletes, family members and coaches as well as 9,182 healthcare professionals and healthcare students.View Story September marks the one-year anniversary since Special Olympics launched its Healthy Communities initiative at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative. Through the initiative, Special Olympics chapters, called Programs, are expanding the reach of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes clinics and providing free follow-up health care worldwide. In just the first year, Healthy Athletes clinics were held in 54 new locations, providing services for 11,476 previously underserved people with intellectual disabilities and health education for 9,972 athletes, family members and coaches as well as 9,182 healthcare professionals and healthcare students. Wellness opportunities such as gym memberships and nutrition classes were created for 2,043 people with intellectual disabilities. New partnerships have been created with 98 organizations, universities and health care providers at the local level resulting in new education opportunities and financial support. To date, the Healthy Athletes program has screened 1.4 athletes in more than 120 countries. Healthy Communities allows Special Olympics to reach more athletes in harder to reach locations, use technology to boost care, and address local health needs like tuberculosis and malaria.

About Karl Hejlik:Senior Manager, Health/Research Communications
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June 06, 2013 | North America: Southern California

Mustering the Courage to do anything – Including Beating Cancer

By Karl Hejlik

Twin sisters in southern California say they have gotten the confidence to achieve many goals through Special Olympics – going to college, coaching other athletes, and even battling cancer.View Story Identical twin sisters Bernadette and Antoinette Valencia are athletes from southern California. Through involvement in Special Olympics, they say they have gotten the confidence to achieve many goals – going to college, coaching other athletes, and even battling cancer. In 2010, Antoinette was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She credits some of her recovery to support from her Special Olympics Southern California family. “I had supporters with me throughout my treatment,” she said. After a lengthy surgery, Antoinette received a clean bill of health.

About Karl Hejlik:Senior Manager, Health and Research Communications
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