Healthy Athletes Program

Since its inception in 1997, the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program has provided improved health care for millions and has trained 240,000 health care professionals and students to treat people with intellectual disabilities. In Canada, the health care exams are provided at no cost to the athletes at provincial and national games.

The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Healthy Athletes Program will include the following exams:

Opening Eyes

The eye care exams will offer vision tests and provide prescription glasses free of charge to all athletes who need them. Since 1997, Opening Eyes has given more than 160,000 pairs of eyeglasses to Special Olympics athletes worldwide.

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Health Promotion

This station will promote better health and well-being through healthy lifestyle choices. It will also provide exams for blood pressure, bone density and body mass index.

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FUNfitness will provide free medical exams for local athletes who did not qualify to compete in the games. It will be held the day before the games begin.

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Strong Minds

Strong Minds helps Special Olympics athletes strengthen their coping skills and promotes emotional wellness through thinking positive thoughts, practicing calming routines and connecting with others.

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Special Smiles

Dental professionals will provide examinations and instructions on proper brushing and flossing techniques.

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