The Healthy Athletes programs, presented by United Healthcare were officially launched in 1997. Special Olympics Healthy Athletes organizes its events in a welcoming, fun environment with a goal to educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow-up.
Healthy Athletes has the world’s largest database of health data for people with intellectual disabilities. The is a common belief that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than other when, in fact, they typically receive sub-standard care, or no health care at all.
Through Healthy Athletes, more than 155,000 health care professionals and students have been trained to treat people with intellectual disabilities. These health care professionals provide improved care to millions. Special Olympics has given out more than 110,000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses to athletes who needed them.
Special Olympics Oklahoma is proud of the many professional volunteers from the health care industry who volunteer their time at events such as Summer Games.