In 1997, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® began offering free health screenings and education to Special Olympics athletes in a welcoming, fun environment. Since then, we have delivered over 2 million free health screenings worldwide and trained more than 260,000 health professionals and students to treat people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Providers take their learned skills back to their practices and provide higher quality health care to people with ID – not just Special Olympics athletes – in their communities.
Healthy Athletes® in New Mexico
Special Olympics New Mexico’s Healthy Athletes® initiative provides health screenings free of charge to Special Olympics athletes in the following areas: Opening Eyes (optometry), Special Smiles (dentistry), Fit Feet (podiatry), Fun Fitness (physical therapy), and Health Promotion (better health and well-being). Through Healthy Athletes®, Special Olympics New Mexico gives its athletes the opportunity to see health professionals who have experience in treating individuals with disabilities, providing them access to healthcare that improves their sports performance and quality of their daily life.
When and Where
Screenings typically take place at Special Olympics New Mexico state competitions in the Olympic Village, at the State Summer Games, Four Corners Invitational, and the Holiday Classic competition.
How to Participate
Special Olympics athletes are encouraged to visit Olympic Village before or after they compete so they can participate in each screening. It’s a lot of fun AND encourages athletes to focus on health & wellness