Health Media Tips - June 2019

Looking for a story about the health impact of Special Olympics? Check here for the latest highlights.


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Healthy Lifestyles

  • Making water, sanitation and hygiene inclusive. Special Olympics Programs around the world are advocating to include people with ID in life-saving education classes.
  • Learning about Fit 5. Fitness is an important component of a healthy lifestyle for everyone. For athletes, a good fitness routine can help them perform at the highest level during every competition while feeling confident.
  • Championing Community Health Workers for Inclusive Health. Individuals with intellectual disabilities face significant challenges accessing quality health, including services, resulting in pronounced health disparities and reduced life expectancy. On 13 March, the Global Inclusive Health Forum at World Games brought together key leaders in all aspects of the health care field to ensure that public health workers, particularly community health workers, are adequately equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities quality health care.


Special Olympics and Anytime Fitness announce new global partnership. Nearly 5,000 gyms worldwide will coach, train, and support Special Olympics athletes.


Lifesaving and Life-changing health screenings

At Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi, March 14-22, we provided free health screenings to over 5,800 people at Healthy Athletes in seven disciplines [PDFs]: podiatry, vision, dentistry, physical therapy and fitness, health promotion, audiology, and emotional well-being.

  • 59% were wearing the wrong size shoes
  • Over 250 hearing aids were distributed free of charge
  • Over 800 pairs of glasses were distributed free of charge
  • 44% had untreated tooth decay

A team of international physicians, health professionals, and students volunteered to deliver the free health screenings. Volunteers were trained by specialized clinicians to follow best practices in screening people with intellectual disabilities. The knowledge and experience from Healthy Athletes goes home with these volunteers, where they are better equipped to provide quality care to people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver said health is “a top priority at World Games Abu Dhabi.”

Special Olympics recognized seven healthcare organizations and professionals who are on the frontlines of bringing essential and often unprecedented health care to people with ID.

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