Health and Fitness
Health has a substantial impact on the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and affects each Special Olympics athlete’s ability to train and compete in sports effectively. Through free health exams for Special Olympics athletes, Special Olympics has amassed the world’s largest data set on the health status of people with ID, uncovering vast gaps in the health care of our athletes. There is a myth that the poor health of individuals with ID is unavoidable because it is an inherent part of their disability. Research has shown, however, that it is a result of a breakdown in health education, health promotion, and health care that can be addressed. For more myths and health facts click here.
Special Olympics Kansas is committed to providing health and wellness opportunities which will impact the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their supporters.
Special Olympics Kansas Health and Fitness Programs
This program provides free health screenings to registered SOKS athletes at competition venues and at selected stand alone events. Offered in a welcoming, family friendly and fun environment, these screenings educate athletes on healthy life style choices and attempt to identify potential health issues. When health issues are discovered they are shared with guardians, and when asked SOKS will work with caregivers to develop a follow-up plan with a health professional.
Parks & Trails Tour
This fall, join athletes from across the state to reach 1,000 points by walking trails, identifying wildlife, tracking steps/mileage, and hunting down geocaches! Does your team have what it takes to steal the Gold?? The program will begin on August 16th and end 10 weeks later on October 24th. The Challenge will end with recognition and awards for each of the team’s achievements!
Virtual Health & Fitness
Are you ready to live your healthiest life? Each week SOKS provides LIVE health and fitness sessions and more resources to help you in your journey! Stay well, healthy and safe!
Special Olympics Kansas Health and Fitness Success Story
Athlete Ashley Spriggs from our New Hope program in Pittsburg, KS is a testament to the power of Special Olympics. Ashley was featured in an article in SHAPE magazine about her weight loss as a result of her training for World Games. Below are before and after photos of Ashley. Read the article here.