Health Promotion - Saint Paul


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Event Description:

Join the Health Promotion team to help significantly improve the lives of our Special Olympics Athletes!


The Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities. Through free health screenings, training of healthcare professionals, and evaluation of the health status of people with intellectual disabilities, Healthy Athletes has become a powerful public health organization worldwide.


Health Promotion uses interactive educational tools and displays, motivational literature and demonstrations to raise the awareness of Special Olympics athletes about the need to improve and maintain an enhanced level of wellness and self care. Additionally, Health Promotion interviews athletes to assess their health habits, and conducts health screenings in three key areas: BMI – body mass index based on height and weight, BP – blood pressure, and BMD – bone mineral density. Health Promotion is by design fun, interactive, positive and engaging. In this environment, we help athletes learn how small changes in their behavior can help them improve and maintain good health and sports performance.



  • Certification and/or current license as a health professional e.g., RD, CHES, RN, MD, DO, PA, NP, PharmD or Dietitian


Health Promotion events have found that a large percentage of Special Olympics athletes have limited knowledge of proper health practices:

  • 60% adult athletes are overweight or obese
  • 31% children and adolescents are overweight or obese
  • 25% have low bone density
  • 20% of Special Olympics athletes had a BP reading indicative of hypertension


The purpose of Special Olympics Health Promotion is to improve the quality of life and long-term health of Special Olympics athletes and people with intellectual disability (ID) through healthy behaviors, screenings and medical referrals when needed.

  • Encourage and enhance healthy behaviors, such as eating fruits and vegetables, drinking water, handwashing and sun safety.
  • Reduce risky behaviors, such as smoking and poor nutrition.
  • Improve self-efficacy and self-advocacy.
  • Deliver screening services.


  • This event is held indoors at the Anderson Student Center.
  • All volunteers will receive a souvenir t-shirt to ensure that they are identifiable during the event. They must be worn when attending the event.
  • Orientation and Training is scheduled to start at the time you sign up for. Please arrive at the check-in area 10-15 minutes early to allow time to check-in, receive your t-shirt and be on time for your training.
  • You will receive a reminder email with additional parking and check-in information one to two weeks before the event.

Age Eligibility for Event Volunteers

  • 15 years and older can volunteer by themselves.
  • 12-14 year olds must be accompanied by parent, guardian, or chaperone.
  • 11 years and younger are not given volunteer assignments, but are welcomed and encouraged to be cheerleaders as long as they are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone.  Please do not register for any position.
  • 12-14 year olds in a group situation need a 4 to 1 ratio-meaning one adult (18 years old or older) for every three children.  These groups usually include scout troops, school classes, church groups, etc.

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Fri, Jun 21, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM   
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Fri, Jun 21, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM   
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Fri, Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM   
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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM   
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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM   
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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM   
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Event Meeting Location: Volunteer check-in is located at Scooters in the Anderson Student Center. Parking and shuttle information will be provided one to two weeks before the event.

Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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Event Organizer: Special Olympics Minnesota
Event Category:
Healthy Athletes / Health Promotion (Nutritionist)