Our goal is to make health and fitness more accessible!

Despite severe need and higher health risks, people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are often denied health services and die on average 16 years sooner than the general population.

On a global scale, Special Olympics Health, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, and in the United States in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is creating a world where people with intellectual disabilities have every opportunity to be healthy.

Inclusive health means people with ID are able to take full advantage of the same health programs and services available to people who do not have ID. Currently, people with ID face significant challenges in accessing quality health care and obtaining opportunities that promote fitness and wellness, resulting in pronounced health disparities and reduced life expectancy. Special Olympics’ health programming focuses on improving the physical and social-emotional well-being of people with ID by increasing inclusion in health care, wellness and health systems for Special Olympics athletes and others with ID.

Here in Minnesota, we are committed to improving the health of individuals with ID through promoting fitness and providing free health screenings.


Partner with Special Olympics Minnesota to promote inclusive fitness.

Healthy Athletes

Special Olympics Minnesota offers free health screenings and education for our athletes.

In the News

Maintaining Mental Health During the Holidays
November 2022 – A National Alliance of Mental Illness study showed that 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse. “For many people, the holiday season is not always the most wonderful time of the year,” said NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth.

Hearing technology company hosts Special Olympics athletes at Sunday’s Vikings game
October 30, 2022 – A Sunday to celebrate a Vikings win, and an Independence Day for these athletes. “I don’t need translators,” Coonen-Korte declared. “I don’t need to ask people what they said, and I can have the independence that I want and need.”

Special Olympics video Named Winner of 2022 Sharecare Awards in Disruptors in Healthcare Category
October 20, 2022 – Established by Sharecare in association with The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter, the Sharecare Awards promote and reward excellence for the best productions and programming in health and well-being. The video is one of 15 winners in the fourth annual Sharecare Awards across a range of categories.