Inclusive Health

A Special Olympics athlete trains to be a Health Messenger, an athlete who serves as a health and wellness leader, educator, advocate and role models within their Special Olympics community.
Special Olympics Chief Health Officer, Dr. Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH, explains why people with intellectual disabilities have a higher risk of diabetes than the general population and how Special Olympics is addressing that gap.
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Athlete, Stephanie Handojo, demonstrating proper hand washing techniques to young children.
The world changed in 2020. Isolation, fear, overloaded health systems, and food insecurity continue to plague the world through the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has especially made things difficult for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Significant health disparities have been further exacerbated for those with ID. Special Olympics Health has been working hard to address these disparities.
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A row of athletes sitting on chairs applauding.
“Take care of yourself and move forward” has been Joe Wu’s motto during these last few months. No longer able to compete and to practice on a regular basis, Wu—like so many others—has turned to virtual ways to connect and uplift those around him.
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Athlete holding up a sign that reads: #InclusiveHealth
Special Olympics Chief Health Officer, Dr. Alicia Bazzano MD, PhD, MPH was a recent guest on the Ben & Bilal Show that airs on Canada Talks SiriusXM 167. They discussed the training, fitness and emotional support available virtually to athletes due to physical distancing related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Maureen McCormick and Kelsey Nicole Nelson in an advertisement for Nelson's podcast, episode 149.
Special Olympics Global Ambassador Maureen McCormick recently spoke to Kelsey Nicole Nelson on KNN/Fox Sports Radio. They discussed family members with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics sporting competition, Unified Champion Schools and Inclusive Health.
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Athletes in a group holding a WWE championship belt.
This year, Special Olympics launched the School of Strength fitness campaign in response to athletes’ need for at-home workouts. Athletes in the United States and around the world accepted the challenge to get fit and have fun while doing it.
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Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger and host of Special Chronicles Daniel Smrokowski (left) and Special Olympics Chief Health Officer Dr. Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH, (right).
Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger Daniel Smrokowski is the founder and host of the podcast Special Chronicles Show, which he started in 2008 to give voice to people with special needs.
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Shot put athlete shot putting on the field.
Special Olympics Chief Health Officer Dr. Alicia Bazzano and Chief of Sport and Competition Lou Lauria were guests on Sports Byline USA’s internet radio show “Titillating Sports,” hosted by Rick Tittle.
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Macy's Story
Realizing the Bright Future of Your Child: An Intellectual Disability Resource for New Parents
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School of Strength Athletes pose with WWE Superstar Becky Lynch
A Fitness and Nutrition Resource for People With Intellectual Disabilities
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