Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 10 AM-2 PM
Radisson Blu, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
Accessing quality healthcare is challenging; making appointments, getting there, dealing with insurance. It’s not easy! Special Olympics Minnesota wants to make this an easier process for the intellectual and developmental disability community.
We’re hosting a health fair that will provide FREE health screenings, education and resources to the intellectual and developmental disability communities. Special Olympics Minnesota teams, group home providers, transition programs, organizations for adults with disabilities and similar programs will be invited to take part. You do not need to sign up for individual health screenings, but we ask that you complete an RSVP for the event as a whole.
Free health screenings in multiple disciplines will be led by doctors and clinical directors with the assistance of medical school students, providing hands-on training to better serve our athletes. In addition, health, wellness and fitness organizations will have the opportunity to provide resources to attendees. The event will be open to the community and all are welcome to attend.
Individuals who complete 3 or more screenings will receive a $50 Finish Line gift card and a Sea Life ticket. Both can be used right at the Mall of America!
FUNfitness is the physical therapy discipline of Healthy Athletes that addresses the ongoing health needs of Special Olympics athletes. FUNfitness provides athletes the opportunity to be screened for flexibility of hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator and hip flexor muscles; functional strength of the abdominal and lower extremity muscles; and balance.
Healthy Hearing is changing lives in communities by providing free hearing screenings and other medical services, including ear wax removal, swim molds, hearing aid maintenance and minor repairs for people with intellectual disabilities. Most athletes’ hearing problems are previously undetected, un-served or under-treated. Hearing loss negatively impacts communication ability, quality of life, social interactions and health.
MedFest was created to offer the physical exam that all athletes need prior to participating in Special Olympics sports programming. It is sometimes the first exposure these athletes have to medical care.
The Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program is changing lives in communities across the globe by providing comprehensive eye assessments, prescription eyewear, sunglasses and sports goggles to Special Olympics athletes and people with intellectual disabilities in general.
The Special Smiles discipline of Healthy Athletes provides comprehensive oral health care information, including offering free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics athletes.
Strong Minds focuses on mental health and helps athletes to develop adaptive coping skills like maintaining emotional wellness under stress, thinking positive thoughts, managing stress and connecting with others.
Health Programs Coordinator