Healthy Athletes


Did you know that Special Olympics Louisiana offers free health examinations for our athletes? Healthy Athletes is a large part of our organization.  Our athletes are screened through Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Fit Feet, Fun Fitness, and Opening Eyes.  Our athletes are screened, free of charge, at our state competitions.  Athletes also receive a “goody” bag for Special Smiles and Health promotion filled with lots of great tools to keep up the good work! Come out and find the booth at our State Games!

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Wellness Wednesday with Sean Adams

Sean Adams HeadshotSean Adams recently qualified to advance to 2014 Special Olympics USA Games this summer in New Jersey. He will compete against athletes from across the country as a member of Team Louisiana. He has been training daily in Aquatics to enhance his skills. Going to USA Games has made him realize that in addition to training, he must find other ways to get stronger and healthier. Although his family has always talked about healthy practices such as nutrition and exercise, Sean took it upon himself to sign-up for the Healthy Athletes program. At State Indoor Games this past March, Sean participated in the Health Promotion and Special Smiles disciplines for the first time.  Not only did he receive screenings in these two disciplines, he was also provided with the education and tools necessary to make healthy decisions every day. His mother has expressed that the Healthy Athletes program has allowed him to remain independent and be held accountable his for personal wellbeing. His commitment has made him more conscious and aware of making healthy choices both inside and outside of Special Olympics. He has continued to be proactive about his health and looks forward to participating in Healthy Athletes at upcoming events.


Health Promotion

Did you know that during our State competitions, athletes can go through the Health Promotion discipline?  It’s true!  Athletes have the opportunity to learn about how to eat and drink healthier, the benefits of NOT smoking, and how to stay active outside with out being in the sun to long.  This all falls under the umbrella (ella, ella!) of Healthy Athletes! Health Promotion Pretty cool, huh?

If you want to volunteer for Health Promotion at our next state event (State Fall Classic) in October, click here to register.  Then, simply click the ‘Saturday’ tab and select Healthy Athletes!

You can learn more here.

Drink Your Water!

Down here in south Louisiana, the temperature is rising.  The rays of the sun are beating down and it is hard to find a spot with shade.  We wanted to take this time to remind all of you to stay hydrated!  Drink plenty of water!

One of the many things that Healthy Athletes teaches our athletes is this very lesson.  When our athletes are outside competing in athletics, bocce, flag football, etc, we want to make sure that they, along with their coaches and volunteers, are staying hydrated.

Here are a few tips from our Healthy Athletes brochure about why you should choose water…Healthy Athletes

• Helps you digest food.
• Helps your body get vitamins and minerals out of the foods you eat.
• Keeps you cool when it’s hot or you are exercising hard.
• Helps you stay in a good mood.

Learn more about Healthy Athletes here.