Healthy Athletes

What is Healthy Athletes?

Healthy Athletes (HA) is a health screening and education program designed for people with intellectual disabilities. HA Screenings are offered in eight medical disciplines and are administered by volunteer health care providers. Launched in 1997, HA has made Special Olympics the largest health care provider for people with Intellectual Disabilities in the world.

In order for athletes to perform at their best, both on and off the playing field, we believe promoting a healthy lifestyle is critical to their success. 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.

Healthy Athletes Disciplines:

  • Fit Feet (podiatry)
  • FUNfitness (physical therapy)
  • Health Promotion (better health and well-being)
  • Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes (vision)
  • Special Smiles (dentistry)
  • Strong Minds (emotional well-being)


Virtual Games Healthy Athletes 

Watch Special Olympics Ontario Healthy Athletes Clinical Directors walk you through different health topics, virtually! Each day during the Waterloo Virtual Games we will be releasing 2 new Healthy Athletes videos at 9am. The videos will provide you with education and tips on how you can keep your feet, eyes, mouth and body healthy and ready for sports! Make sure you watch each video and track what challenges you have completed on our Healthy Athletes report card! 
Submit your Report Card using the form below the videos to recieve a certificate from our Healthy Athletes Team!

Healthy Athletes Report Card

Fit Feet

Fun Fitness

Health Promotion

Opening Eyes

Special Smiles

Strong Minds

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