What is SOfit?

Special Olympics Wisconsin’s SOfit Program is a Unified approach to improving and protecting health and wellness for people with and without intellectual disabilities. SOfit offers participants a holistic, personalized look at wellness and the human spirit. Together, athletes and Unified partners are empowered to challenge and change the way they look at diet, daily exercise and lifestyle choices.

SOfit is an eight week program that treats wellness as a Special Olympics sport. Teams meet once a week to learn about health and wellness topics and participate in physical activity. SOfit is highly adaptable to the teams, environment, and resources available. Participants are encouraged to set a goal for themselves in the beginning of the program and work toward it over the weeks. Teams can choose their lessons and fitness activities based on the goals of their group. Each SOfit session consists of two parts: physical activity and an educational component. Sites can choose an educational topic from the SOfit manual or create their own based on one of the Four Pillars of Wellness:

Nutritional Wellness Social Wellness Emotional Wellness Physical Wellness
o Healthy Eating
o Nutrition Labels
o Portion Control
o Caffeine & Alcohol
o Relationships
o Social Media
o Internet Safety
o Bullying
o Emotions
o Stress Management
o Relaxation
o Self Esteem
o Alternative Fitness Options
o Flexibility
o Endurance and Strength
o Sleep

Resources Provided to SOfit Sites

  • Leader:
    • SOfit Manual containing lesson plans for educational component
    • Equipment needed to obtain metrics below
  • Participants:
    • T-shirts
    • Water Bottles
    • Fit5 Guide & Fitness Cards

Reporting Requirements

All SOfit sites are asked to track pre and post health metrics and submit them to SOWI. See the table below for specific data collection requirements:

Local Programs Schools
  • Attendance
  • Lifestyle Survey
  • Social/Emotional Survey
  • Height and Weight
  • Resting Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Minutes of Physical Activity
  • Attendance
  • Lifestyle Survey
  • Social/Emotional Survey
  • Height and Weight
  • 6-Minute Walk Test
  • Grip Strength
  • Step Count

Forms & Resources

Contact Information

Please contact the Brittany Hoegh, the Director of Training, at bhoegh@specialolympicswisconsin.org if you would like to start a SOfit program in your agency/school, or if you have any questions.


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