More than 1,300 athletes will compete during Special Olympics Kentucky’s biggest event of the year. Opening Ceremonies begin at 7 pm on Friday, June 3rd at The Ravine on the EKU campus in Richmond, Kentucky with events starting that evening and lasting until 5pm on Sunday, June 6th.
This event marks the first time that the Healthy Athletes program for Kentucky will be able to offer the Health Promotion tent thanks to Lindsey Mullis and Megan Jaspersen from HDI’s health & wellness initiative volunteering to serve as Health Promotion clinical directors.
Healthy Athletes is a Special Olympics program that provides free health screenings in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety and trepidation people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a doctor or dentist. The impact of Healthy Athletes on the health and well-being of Special Olympics athletes around the world is great, in some cases saving lives by discovering unknown health issues or providing health care that otherwise would not be available. Healthy athletes not only serve the athletes but also trains health care professionals who then go back to their practices with increased knowledge of and compassion for people with intellectual disabilities.
The mission of Special Olympics Health Promotion is to improve the quality of life and long term health of Special Olympics athletes through healthy behaviors, screening and medical referrals when appropriate. Health Promotion is one of seven disciplines within the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program. In Health Promotion, health professionals provide health screenings, interactive educational tools, motivational health information, and referrals to health care providers.
Objectives of Health Promotion are to:
1. Encourage and enhance healthy behaviors;
2. Reduce risky behaviors;
3. Improve self-efficacy and self-advocacy;
4. Deliver screening services, and
5. Increase the investment of health promotion leaders for people with intellectual disabilities.
For more information about the summer games, visit: http://soky.org/16statesummergames.html Interested volunteers should contact Lindsey or Megan.