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).

In 2016, Special Olympics New Jersey was one of eight programs around the world given the official title of Healthy Community.

Ultimately, 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 – as all community members. 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

Wellness programs, such as our Unified Walking Clubs and Unified Yoga, provide opportunities for physical fitness for Special Olympics New Jersey athletes.

Fitness Partnerships

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.

Mobile Health Vehicle

Staffed with a physician and healthcare providers, Special Olympics New Jersey is able to provide free medical screenings on a mobile health vehicle to athletes and Unified partners at various events and competitions throughout the state.

Contact Us

To find out more about the Health Programs offered by Special Olympics New Jersey, contact Katelyn Sheridan at krs@sonj.org.