Last year, Kansas was named a Special Olympics Healthy Community for its innovative ways of weaving health into its programming and ensuring that athlete wellbeing is top of mind. One initiative that proves this is the case is Bike4Life.
Athletes in the program have become more confident, happier, and healthier by working to lose weight.
“Seeing where these athletes are now, compared to just a year ago – there’s a huge difference.” said John Lair, a Special Olympics coach. “We have parents and volunteers saying all the time how much of a difference this program has made.”
Support from the Kansas Health Foundation has helped make Bike4Life possible, and Special Olympics Kansas is working to find new partners, so even more athletes can make health a major focus in their lives.
About Karl Hejlik: I am the senior manager for health and research communications