What’s your New Year resolution? Losing weight and getting healthy might be at the top of your list – but at Special Olympics Florida, the health of our athletes is a focus 365 days a year. With the help of 1,200 volunteer health care professionals and students, Special Olympics Florida has made a resolution for the New Year to continue to improve health services available to all people with intellectual disabilities. We do this by:
- Hosting free health screenings. In 2014 we provided 7,216 free health screenings that helped pair athletes with prescription care items, including free prescription glasses, insoles for shoes, and hearing aids.
- Providing health education. In 2014 we enrolled 240 individuals in nutrition and wellness classes where 68% have lost up to 20 lbs. because of healthier habits.
- Expanding our reach. Healthy Community in South Florida celebrates their second anniversary this month and we’re excited to open the doors to our newest Healthy Community site in Tampa Bay.
When your feet hurt and you can’t see the finish line, it’s difficult to compete. As the largest global public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics has pushed to improve access to health services for our athletes. Visit us online to learn more about the impact we’re making with our health programs.