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!
|FUNFitness (Physical Therapy Screenings)|
|Health Promotion (Nutrition and Wellness Screenings)|
|Healthy Hearing (Audiology Screenings)|
|Opening Eyes (Optometry Screenings)|
|Special Smiles (Dental Screenings)|
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.