Health Promotion (prevention and nutrition)

Health Promotion, a discipline of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, focuses on healthy living, healthy lifestyle choices, and nation-specific health issues. In addition to health education activities, health Promotion offers screenings for bone density, blood pressure, and body mass index (BMI). Its goals include encouraging and enhancing healthy behaviors and improving self-efficacy and self-advocacy.

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Complete Manual

Athlete Health Report and Screening Guides

Screening FAQs and BMI Tools


Healthy Athlete Software (HAS) and Legal Forms

Equipment and Supply Lists

Bone Density Machine (BDM) Requests

Educational Materials



Other video resources that you may need for Health Promotion.

  • HP Training: Check out this brief video providing key tips on how to engage with athletes during a Healthy Athlete event—a great resource to share with all volunteers.
  • Webinar: New Tools & Protocols for HP Events: This recorded webinar (April 2016) highlights the new updates to health promotion protocols, resources, and tools and is targeted at current Clinical Directors and Program staff hosting HP events.
  • HP Promotional: Check out this brief video providing an overview of Health Promotion—a great resource to recruit volunteers and sponsors.
  • HP Clinical Director Training: Check out this video providing an detailed in formation about each aspect of the Health Promotion Screening and the role of the clinical director.


Download easy-to-print, four-to-a-page Choose to Change Cards with topics including Fruits and Vegetables, Hand Washing, Healthy Blood Pressure, Hydration, Smoking Cessation, Strong Bones, and Sun Safety. Each set of cards is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.


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Athlete, Stephanie Handojo, demonstrating proper hand washing techniques to young children.
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A row of athletes sitting on chairs applauding.
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Special Olympics Operations Specialist Ben Collins Talks with Dr. Andreas Heinecke, founder of Dialogue in the Dark, on World Sight Day 2020
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