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Healthy Athletes®

Non‐sports Healthy Athletes®
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Designed especially for Special Olympics athletes, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® aims to improve the health and fitness of athletes so as to enrich their sporting experience. Healthy Athletes® in Hong Kong includes seven disciplines, namely Special OlympicsLions Clubs International Opening Eyes® (vision/eye health), Special Smiles (dentistry), Healthy Hearing (audiology), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (prevention and nutrition), Fit Feet (podiatry) and Strong Minds (emotional health).

Its objectives include:

  1. Improving the health of Special Olympics athletes through health screening;
  2. Collecting, analyzing and disseminating data on the health status and needs of athletes with intellectual disabilities;
  3. Training healthcare professionals and students in the healthcare sector to have a better understanding and awareness of the needs of people with intellectual disabilities through services;
  4. Advocating for improved healthcare policies and programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

To better prepare athletes for the competition, Healthy Athletes is held during every World Games.