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Athletes Focus on Health During Summer Games Screenings

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When it comes to sports, good health and wellness are fundamentals for all athletes, whether they are competing on the track, in the pool or on a bike. This year at the 2016 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games, seven Healthy Athletes disciplines came together to offer free health screenings to all competing athletes. As part of Special Olympics NC’s 2016-2020 strategic plan, these screenings will address research that has shown that people with intellectual disabilities are consistently left out of specific health systems. Athletes, like Kristine Hughes, were given a Healthy Athletes passport in order to document their trips to FunFitness, Health Promotions, Healthy Hearing, MedFest, Special Smiles, Strong Minds, Strong Bodies and for the first time ever at Summer Games, Opening Eyes. Hughes began her journey at Opening Eyes. After an internal and external exam of her eyes, she became eligible for new glasses, glasses that were made for her on the spot.

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