A Healthy Community is a Special Olympic program recognized and accredited by Special Olympics International for its commitment to reducing disparities in health status and increasing access to community health resources for Special Olympics athletes and others with intellectual disabilities (ID).
Healthy Communities create communities where Special Olympics athletes and others with ID have the same access to health and wellness resources – and can attain the same level of good health. Good health is necessary for persons with ID or developmental disabilities to secure the freedom to work, learn, and engage their families and communities.
In addition to free health screenings through our Healthy Athletes program, we provide a number of initiatives developed to support the overall well-being of our athletes.
Concussion Education and Training
With the increased awareness of the effects of concussions on all athletes – those with and without intellectual disabilities – there has been a call to action throughout the sports world for concussion education and training.
Wellness programs, such as our Unified Walking Clubs and Unified Yoga, provide opportunities for physical fitness for Special Olympics New Jersey athletes.
Special Olympics New Jersey and local fitness centers are working together to reach and enrich the well-being of the people and communities we serve through fitness partnerships.
To find out more about the health programs offered by Special Olympics New Jersey, please contact our Healthy Communities Manager, Amelia Hamilton, ARH@SONJ.org.