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Athlete Health Corner: Meet Danny, a Health Promotion Story

My name is Danny Grau. I am a Special Olympics athlete from SOMD who has been active in Special Olympics for 17 years and competes in: horseback riding, softball, basketball, snowshoeing, swimming and soccer.


About a year ago, I was hospitalized with pneumonia and High Cholesterol. It was then, when I decided to exercise and eat healthier. I was also inspired by my participation in the Healthy Athletes Health Promotion program. Healthy Athletes events are fun and I participate in Opening Eyes, Healthy Hearing and Special Smiles.


I enjoy: lifting weights, treadmill riding, swimming and attending the gym, I also did a lot of exercise, eating and taking in more proteins, fruits and veggies. I have lost over 60lbs.


‘I feel pretty good, feeling much better about myself since I’ve made some healthy lifestyle changes about being and feeling healthy.

About Me:

Danny lives with his mother, father and sister, Debbie, Fred and Jessica Grau. When Danny is not competing and involved with Special Olympics, he’s taking pictures with his camcorder and play video games. Danny also works for Chimes at Aberdeen Proving Grounds where he cleans offices and bathrooms 3 days a week.