Healthy Athletes Resources

The Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities.


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Healthy Athletes’ influence is evident with more than 120,000 healthcare professionals trained, free health screenings provided to nearly 1.4 million athletes, and 90,000 free pairs of eyeglasses given to athletes. Healthy Athletes continues to grow each year with help from a global network of volunteers, in-kind donations and other financial support.

For more information, contact Lynn Erickson (lerickson@specialolympics.org), Manager, Health Communications.


Healthy Athletes News and Stories


November 10, 2014 | North America: New Jersey

Success with Special Olympics New Jersey’s Mobile Health Vehicle

By Andrea Picariello

At Special Olympics New Jersey’s Fall Sports Festival in October, athletes were offered free medical screenings at our Mobile Health Vehicle. This “traveling doctor’s office” was staffed with a physician, nurse and residents.View Story At Special Olympics New Jersey’s Fall Sports Festival in October, athletes were offered free medical screenings at our Mobile Health Vehicle. This “traveling doctor’s office” was staffed with a physician, nurse and residents. Athletes were able to have their three year medical exam completed right on site, in-between games. The invitation was open to any Special Olympics athlete, and 49 athletes took advantage of this convenient opportunity. The Mobile Health Vehicle was strategically parked in the middle of the event, helping to promote health awareness. Both the physician and the residents were able to use this as a learning opportunity, leaving the event with a better understanding of how to treat, examine and assess people with intellectual disabilities. The Mobile Health Vehicle offers free medical screenings at all Special Olympics New Jersey state events, as well as at various other competitions and school events.

About Andrea Picariello:I am the Healthy Communities Manager for Special Olympics New Jersey.
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November 05, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

My Experience as a Health Ambassadors

By Jasmine Sharif

The Family Health Forum in Lahore, Pakistan, was held from 19th October till 25th October 2014. Coordinator Ms. Asma Hasan and I flew to Lahore for it.View Story The Family Health Forum in Lahore, Pakistan, was held from 19th October till 25th October 2014. Coordinator Ms. Asma Hasan and I flew to Lahore for it. First we went to Faisalabad by road for Family Health Forum Program held at the Chenab Club. I helped in welcoming, registration and seating the guests, then I gave my PowerPoint presentation about Special Olympics. We did not have the Health Ambassadors training because there is no Athlete Leadership program in Faisalabad but will start soon. Back in Lahore the Family Health Forum/Health Ambassadors training was held. I trained 12 athlete leaders to welcome, register, escort guests to seats, give goody bags and serve juices. One of our athlete leaders gave a speech about how Special Olympics has changed his life for the better. On 25th October 2014 a “Safeguard Carnival” was organized at the PAF Ground by Procter and Gamble Company. AlPs and the Young Athletes attended with their families. Along with volunteers each Alps athlete was in charge of a stall. I was in the face painting

About Jasmine Sharif :my name is Jasmine Sharif, and I am an athlete boardmember
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November 05, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Malaysia

Special Olympics Sabah Celebrates 15th Anniversary with State Games

By Drew Boshell

Track and Field athletes celebrating their race.

Special Olympics Sabah in Malaysia recently held their 8th State Games on 1-2 November with 187 athletes participating in track and field, bocce and football.View Story Special Olympics Sabah in Malaysia recently held their 8th State Games on 1-2 November with 187 athletes participating in track and field, bocce and football. The games coincided with the Special Olympics Sabah’s 15th Anniversary. Athletes also had the opportunity to receive Healthy Athletes exams in five disciplines including Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, FUN Fitness, Health Promotion and Healthy Hearing. As a Healthy Community pilot site, several other health opportunities were available including a hydration station, healthy snacks and a pre-games workshop held by the National Institute of Sport on topics including hydration and stretching. Athletes identified as needing follow up care received referrals including Healthy Hearing patients who were booked appointments for follow up care at Queen Elizabeth Hospital immediately following their exam.

About Drew Boshell:Drew Boshell is the Senior Director of Global Health Programs
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