Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
In the News

Special Olympics Lebanon Hosts First Health Conference

Eight individuals from young to older adult stand side by side holding a plaque; behind the group signage reads, Special Olympics Lebanon

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Health and made possible by the Golisano Foundation and other local partners, Special Olympics Lebanon hosted its first health conference. Local health leaders and key influencers in government came together to address the immense need for quality health care for people with intellectual disabilities (ID), discuss how health systems could be more inclusive, and ensure that local health workers are equipped with skills and knowledge to support people with ID. The conference’s goal was to make Inclusive Health possible as part of the regional plan to expand access to improved health care and break down health barriers for people with ID.

Following the forum, Healthy Athletes screenings were provided to more than 80 athletes in five disciplines, and 20 athletes were trained to serve as advocates and leaders for health in their communities. These Health Messengers learned about a variety of topics related to health, such as fitness, healthy lifestyle, hygiene, and good nutrition.

Last but not least, a family health awareness session took place to engage families, improve awareness of important health issues, and provide them with information, resources, and useful tips.

Health Messengers Are Creating Healthy Communities
Health Messengers are Special Olympics athletes who have been trained to serve as a health and wellness leaders, educators, advocates and role models within their communities.

Recommended Content

Making Inclusive Health a Reality

Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, Surgeon General of the Unites States presented with Special Olympics at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in San Diego!
1 Min Read

Health Focus: Building Healthy Communities

Every day fantastic, innovative work is happening within the health sphere in Special Olympics—contributing to our Inclusion Revolution! One fine example is the Healthy Communities programme, supported by the Golisano Foundation.
1 Min Read

From Athlete Leaders to Health Leaders

In this video, we go behind-the-scenes at an Athlete Health Leader workshop. After training, athletes can pass on their knowledge.