Healthy Athletes is a Special Olympics program that provides free health examinations in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety and trepidation people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a medical professional.
Athletes who complete 3 disciplines will be entered into a prize raffle! Healthy Athletes will be located in Liberty Hall at Everett Community College. The screening is open to all Special Olympics athletes and partners.
There will be 3 disciplines at Healthy Athletes:
Health Promotion – uses interactive educational tools, motivational literature, and demonstrations to reinforce the need to improve and maintain wellness and self-care. It also provides screening for BMI, blood pressure, and bone density.
Special Smiles – provides comprehensive oral health care information, including free dental screenings and instruction on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics athletes. This also includes issuing preventative supplies like toothpaste and toothbrushes and fluoride varnish.
Strong Minds – is an interactive learning activity focused on developing adaptive coping skills. Competition provides a natural opportunity to develop active strategies for maintaining emotional wellness under stress, such as: thinking positive thoughts, releasing stress and connecting with others.
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