New Initiative Puts Health Information “On the Field”

八月 01, 2010

In the traditional Healthy Athletes model, athletes must come to a Health Promotion screening venue to receive information on sun safety, but a new model, tested during the 2010 USA National Games, took the information directly to the athletes.

300x200_sun_safety

Health Promotion Manager Heather Parker snaps a free bracelet on an athlete from Nebraska. The bracelet turns purple in sunlight, reminding athletes to use sunscreen.

For two days, at the Abbott Sports Complex in Lincoln, Nebraska, Health Promotion clinical directors educated athletes and provided free sunscreen, chapstick and photochromic bracelets between practices and competitions. This new model was highly successful, reaching athletes, coaches, and family members who may not otherwise have been exposed to Healthy Athletes.

“It’s great to incorporate what we do in Health Promotion into their event,” said Stephanie Young, a strength and conditioning coach from Indiana and a newly trained Health Promotion clinical director. “I have seen some shocked faces. With sun safety, you can really open their eyes to what can happen.” While Special Olympics athletes generally know the benefits of sunscreen, they often forget to re-apply it regularly and are unaware of other steps that can be taken to protect themselves, like wearing a hat, Young explained.

Caroline Prevost, a nurse from Florida agrees. “Athletes often don’t realize that sun safety is important in the wintertime too,” she said. Prevost was also trained as a clinical director during the National Games and enjoyed interacting with athletes. “They are thoughtful and appreciative of the work we are doing.”

Healthy Athletes hopes to expand its Sun Safety on the Field initiative and offer it at additional events, as well as encourage all Healthy Athletes disciplines to explore different ways to serve athletes in innovative ways. Embracing this philosophy, many Healthy Athletes programs are offering healthier food alternatives at Special Olympics events.  Read more about these initiatives.  

"We really need to change the environment in which the athletes compete and live," said Heather Parker, Special Olympics' manager for Health Promotion.


Your Donation Matters

Special Olympics transforms athletes’ lives through the joy of sport. Help us make a difference.

DONATE TODAY»

Volunteer Near You

Volunteering with Special Olympics is fun and very rewarding, for both the athlete and the volunteer!

LEARN MORE»

Follow Us

帮助我们多援助一名运动员

捐赠 »

在我们的 220 个全球办事处查找当地的活动并了解相关志愿者机会。

查找您附近的地点 »

Our Supporters

AVSC RecordThe most successful benefit recording in musical history.Learn More »


Our Supporters

Annenberg FoundationSupports our goals for coaches’ excellence.Learn More »


Our Supporters

Bank of AmericaSupports Special Olympics Team USA.Learn More »


Our Supporters

Coca-ColaOfficial global partner of Special Olympics.
Learn More »


Our Supporters

ESPNWorldwide support for Unified Sports.Learn More »


Our Supporters

EssilorOfficial global supplier of ophthalmic lenses.Learn More »


Our Supporters

Health One GlobalGlobal health data technology partner.Learn More »


Our Supporters

Hear the WorldSupplies hearing aids to our athletes.Learn More »


Our Supporters

AIPSGlobal Impact Partner for Special Olympics.Learn More »


Our Supporters

Lions ClubSupports access to quality eye care.Learn More »


Our Supporters

MattelSupports various youth programs.Learn More »


Our Supporters

Procter & GambleProvides marketing campaigns that support our athletes.Learn More »


Our Supporters

SafewayRaises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.Learn More »


Our Supporters

SàfiloSupplies optical frames and sunglasses.Learn More »


Our Supporters

UNICEFProvides greater inclusion of children with disabilities.Learn More »


Our Supporters

MTM RecognitionSupplier of awards and medals for our athletes.Learn More »


Our Supporters

Perfect Sense DigitalSpecial Olympics' leading digital partner.Learn More »


Special Olympics Blog

A Powerful Prescription

"Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug."read more »

Posted on 2014-05-06 by Healthy Athletes

go to blog »


*

Special Olympics - Become a Fan