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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.

For more information please contact Autumn Jones.

GET INVOLVED

VIRTUAL HEALTH PROMOTION

MANUALS AND GUIDES

Complete Manual

Athlete Health Report and Screening Guides

Screening FAQs and BMI Tools

EVENT RESOURCES AND EQUIPMENT

Healthy Athlete Software (HAS) and Legal Forms

Equipment and Supply Lists

Bone Density Machine (BDM) Resources

Educational Materials

Volunteer Specific

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

ADDITIONAL RELATED RESOURCES

Other video resources that you may need for Health Promotion.

  • HP Training (video): 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 (video): 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 (video): Check out this brief video providing an overview of Health Promotion—a great resource to recruit volunteers and sponsors.
  • HP Clinical Director Training (video): Check out this video providing an detailed in formation about each aspect of the Health Promotion Screening and the role of the clinical director.

CHOOSE TO CHANGE CARDS

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.

RELATED STORIES

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Healthy Hearing (audiology)

Healthy Hearing, a discipline of Healthy Athletes, provides comprehensive hearing screenings, hearing aid maintenance and minor repairs, hearing aid fittings, and audiologic services, such as earwax removal, to Special Olympics athletes. The goals of Healthy Hearing screening are to detect possible ear and hearing problems, recommend medical and audiologic follow-up, promote the necessity of regular ear and hearing screenings, for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Through partnership with Starkey Cares, Special Olympics athletes can receive hearing aid fittings and follow-up care at the screening event or in their communities.

For more information, please contact us at healthyhearing@specialolympics.org

Nutrition

To be a great athlete, you need to be a healthy athlete. Nutrition includes the foods athletes eat, how their bodies digest food and how their bodies use the components of food. Eating a healthy diet can improve athletes’ health and performance, on and off the field.

Healthy Start

In this Healthy Start Toolkit, you will hear from other families and find resources to guide your child’s journey following a diagnosis of developmental delay (DD) or intellectual disability (ID).