Healthy athletes are strong athletes. However, studies show 37% of Special Olympics athletes are overweight or obese. This statistic is also linked with an increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is one of the largest health concerns in the United States, with more than 1.4 million new cases emerging each year.

The health of our athletes is a critical area of focus as it is pivotal to their success during training, competition and life. Health Promotion, 1 of 7 Healthy Athletes disciplines, is offered free of charge to both competing and non-competing athletes at the Outdoor Sports Tournament on August 6. Health care professionals will provide health screenings (BMI, blood pressure and bone mineral density (BDM) measurements), interactive educational tools and motivational health information.

Health volunteers will provide dental and podiatry screenings through the Special Smiles and Fit Feet disciplines. These free screenings are available from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 in Stackner Ballroom (Rm. 214) at the Carroll University Campus Center in Waukesha. Athletes will leave with the tools and knowledge for living an overall healthier life!