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

Read our Fitness Guiding Strategy to learn more about how Special Olympics will promote growth in fitness between now and 2026!

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Special Olympics Fitness Implementation Guide

Special Olympics Fitness supports individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) to maximize their health and wellbeing by developing the knowledge, skills, and motivation needed to lead a healthy and active life. The Fitness Implementation Guide contains guidelines, resources, and strategies to assist Special Olympics Programs with effectively implementing fitness initiatives in a variety of settings. The Guide also provides tools to engage multiple audiences in fitness programming, including athletes, coaches, educators, and fitness professionals.