In response to the cancellation of all in-person events and programming through May 31, 2020, Special Olympics North Carolina continues to prioritize health and fitness for athletes who have intellectual disabilities, wherever they are. While athletes are not able to practice their sports given the circumstances, having the tools to remain active is critical.
Online resources provided through Special Olympics allow athletes the opportunity continue working on their fitness, nutrition and health at home. The Fit 5 Guide is based on three simple goals of exercising five days a week, eating five fruits and vegetables per day and drinking five water bottles daily. Additional resources include health trackers, tips for managing stress and virtual classes.
“Our athletes have been working hard year-round and we want to make sure that we are providing effective ways for them to continue to train and be healthy, even when they are at home,” said SONC Health Director Ellen Fahey. “Since releasing these resources, we have seen a great response from our athletes encouraging others to stay healthy and active. Athletes are posting photos and videos of themselves on social media exemplifying how they are working out or cooking healthy meals. We also have local volunteers adapting the resources to provide virtual opportunities for their local athletes to stay active.”
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 20 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.