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Inclusive Health

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As our Health & Wellness Champion, Lifepoint Health is dedicated to inclusive health and supporting our athletes every day through health screenings, fitness classes, nutritional education and so much more.

Healthy Athletes Screening

Good health is necessary to achieve a high standard of living and good quality of life; however, all too often, Tennessee athletes encounter challenges in accessing the high-quality and compassionate health care they need. By promoting Inclusive Health values, Special Olympics Tennessee is working hard to improve health outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities so Tennessee athletes can live their healthiest lives and achieve their highest potential both on and off the field.

Tennessee offers 7 different Healthy Athletes screenings and health education throughout the year. These screenings allow athletes to access free and high-quality prevention and early detection for different health concerns.

Opening Eyes

Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes (Vision/Eye Health)

Healthy Hearing



Medical History and Physical Exam

Strong Minds

Emotional Health


Physical Therapy

Fit Feet


Upcoming Events

Healthy Athletes screenings at State Summer Games

  • Click here to register for a time slot
  • Screenings offered: Fit Feet, Healthy Hearing, Special Smiles & Opening Eyes

Fitness & Combines

The Special Olympics Tennessee Fitness Program is a wellness project focused on fitness, nutrition, and mental health for teens and adults ages 15+ with intellectual disabilities. The 9-week program will encompass pre-and-post-biometric and fitness testing outcomes, along with once-a-week group workouts, and weekly nutrition and healthy lifestyle education. Through fitness and health outcomes, we can empower our athletes to develop appropriate health goals and measure realistic outcomes, to improve all health disparities our population with intellectual disabilities faces.

D1 Training Cool Springs
D1 Training West Nashville
D1 Training Springhill
D1 Training Knoxville
D1 Training Hendersonville
Orange Grove Center Chattanooga
re:MOVE Lebanon

Focus on Health - Dr. Frost and Healthy Athletes

Current Healthy Communities Initiatives

Health Messengers

Health Messengers are athletes who are trained to serve as health and wellness leaders, educators, advocates and role models within their communities and across the state. They are leading their teams, families, and communities to pursue health lifestyles, and are advocating for healthcare providers and governments to adopt inclusive policies around health.

Family Health Forums

Family Health Forums provide a space for families and caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities to engage with health professionals, community leaders and social service providers. These forums are a safe place to bring questions and learn more about special topics relating to ID health.
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Health Care Professionals

Special Olympics Tennessee provides continuing education and volunteer opportunities for health care providers and professionals to engage and learn about caring for special needs populations.
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Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities is a model Special Olympics Health program whose goal is to address the severe health disparities faced by people with intellectual disabilities through immediate and long-term community-based solutions.

Special Olympics Tennessee is working to achieve Healthy Communities in the following ways:

Conducting Healthy Athlete screenings

Developing partnerships

Training Health Professionals

Providing ongoing health and wellness activities

By the Numbers

Unfortunately, it is normal for people with intellectual disabilities to receive sub-standard care compared to the rest of the population.
Special Olympics Tennessee is fighting hard to beat the statistics through Inclusive Health.

Reports show on a team of 10 Special Olympics athletes:
6 are overweight or obese and at risk for chronic health conditions
6 have problems with flexibility and 5 will have problems with strength, placing them at risk for injury
4 have untreated tooth decay and 1-2 are in need of urgent dental care
2-3 have low bone density even though they may look healthy
2 would have never had an eye exam and 4 need a new prescription for glasses
2 would fail a hearing test

Health Partners

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