Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® Program

Healthy Athletes® is a program designed to improve each athlete's ability to train and compete by providing resources to advance their overall quality of health and reinforce the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle. Our vision is to create a world where people with intellectual disabilities are given the same opportunities to be as healthy as people without intellectual disabilities and, in doing so, allow Special Olympics athletes to perform their best both on and off the playing field.

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Health Disciplines

The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® program provides free health screenings, educational resources and teaches preventative care to athletes in eight disciplines.

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Fit Feet

Kurt Rode, DPM
CLINICAL DIRECTOR
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FUNfitness

Heidi Adamski, PT, MS
Colleen Langlais, PT, MS

CLINICAL DIRECTORS
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Health Promotion

Carol Flaim, RN
Joyce Baiardi, RN

CLINICAL DIRECTORS
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Healthy Hearing

Jamie Marotto, AuD, CCC-A
Jessica Preston, Au.D., CCC-A

CLINICAL DIRECTORS
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MedFest

David Frumberg, MD
CLINICAL DIRECTOR
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Opening Eyes

Susan Danberg, OD, FCOVD
FORMER GLOBAL CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Chris Agro, OD
CLINICAL DIRECTOR

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Special Smiles

Matthew Lepowsky, DMD
CLINICAL DIRECTOR
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Strong Minds

Catherine Chiles, MD
CLINICAL DIRECTOR
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Additional Resources

Check out our Events Calendar to view upcoming health screenings or browse our library of Health & Fitness Resources for follow-up care guidance and overall health and wellness tips.

View Upcoming Health Screenings

View Our Health & Fitness Resources

 

Healthy Families

Family Health Forums (FHF) provide a space for families and caregivers of Special Olympics athletes to engage with health professionals, community leaders and social service providers that offers access to health information, resources and support. Topics discussed at past Family Health Forums include government benefits for your loved one with special needs, caring for the caregiver, transitioning to adult healthcare, and disability rights.
 

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Get Involved in Our Health Programs

Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) is looking for healthcare professionals to help us break down barriers to quality healthcare for those with intellectual disabilities. Fill out our short form to start a conversation on how you and your organization can get involved.

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