Special Olympics Vermont

Healthy Athletes

Healthy Athletes


Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® is a worldwide health program through which Special Olympics volunteers and partners improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities and address health conditions such as chronic pain, disease, blindness, hearing loss and shortened life span that needlessly affect this under-served population.

Through its sub-programs, Healthy Athletes offers health screenings for podiatry (Fit Feet), dentistry (Special Smiles®), audiology (Healthy Hearing), vision (Opening Eyes®) , physical therapy (FUNfitness), sports physicals (MedFest®) and overall health and wellbeing (Health Promotion).

Healthy Athletes in Vermont currently offers five of these screenings including Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, FUNfitness, and Health Promotion. We partner with reputable universities and research institutions to conduct cutting edge research and evaluation to promote better understanding of issues surrounding intellectual disabilities. Professionals and volunteers have received training to work with patients with intellectual disabilities; this training helps health professionals increase their knowledge, comfort level, and competence in working with this population and enables them to bring these skills back to their communities.


2015 Healthy Athlete Volunteer Opportunities

Heathy Athlete screenings are scheduled for Saturday, May 30th during the 2015 Summer Games competition event. We hope that you will be able to make it! Please see the links below to the disciplines that we will be offering and simply click and sign-up to volunteer!

 HA_FUNfitness_CMYK FUNFitness (Physical Therapy Screenings)
 HA_Health_Promotion_CMYK Health Promotion (Nutrition and Wellness Screenings)
 HA_Healthy_Hearing_CMYK Healthy Hearing (Audiology Screenings)
 HA_LockUp_OpeningEyes_LCI-Mark_CMYK Opening Eyes (Optometry Screenings)
 HA_Special_Smiles_CMYK Special Smiles (Dental Screenings)

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On-Site Medical Team



Clinical Directors

Dr. Brian Shuman – Special Smiles

Dr. Nev Zablotsky – Special Smiles

Joel Desautels MPT, ATC – FUNfitness

Desiree de Waal MS, RD, CD – Health Promotion

Molly Holladn RD, MPH, CD – Health Promotion

Dr. Dorothy Brodman – Opening eyes

Dr. Nick Pittman – Opening eyes

Dr. Bob Hartenstein – Healthy Hearing

MedFest – Open

Fit Feet – Open

We are seeking Clinical Directors for the other programs. If you are interested, please contact Justin Graham.


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