The Problem:  People with intellectual disabilities have unique health care needs and many receive virtually no health care at all. There is little to no education on health and nutrition available to students during the school day. 29% of Special Olympics Athletes under the age of 20 are overweight or obese.

The Solution:  Healthy LEAP is a series of health, nutrition, fitness, safety and injury prevention lessons and their practical applications created specifically for youth with and without intellectual disabilities


What is Healthy Leap? 

Healthy LEAP stands for Lifestyle Education And Practice, and it is a 10 week program series of health, nutrition, fitness, safety and injury prevention lessons and practical applications created specifically for youth and adults with and without intellectual disabilities.  Each lesson includes specific tasks and activities to jump start the practice of a healthy lifestyle.

The different lessons include information about:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Healthy Weight and Obesity
  • Behavior and Stress Management
  • Bone Health
  • Sports Nutrition and Hydration
  • Exercise and Injury Prevention
  • Sun Safety
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Prevention of Alcohol and Tobacco Use (only when age appropriate)

Student Benefits: •  Increases overall student health and wellness •  Promotes inclusion and breaks down barriers •  Provides accountability to peers •  Free health screening available •  Fun student prizes provided

School Benefits: •Promotes a unified classroom environment •  Curriculum recognized by United Nations 

Preschool: 

  • Healthy Eating 
  • Strong Bones 
  • Safety First 
  • Be a Good Sport
  • Staying Safe in the Sun 
  • Clean Hands (Hand Washing)  

Elementary: 

  • Food Groups 
  • Healthy Weight and Obesity 
  • Behavior and Stress Management 
  • Bone Health 
  • Sports Nutrition and Hydration  
  • Exercise and Injury Prevention  
  • Sun Safety  
  • Personal Hygiene  
  • Preventions of Tobacco and Alcohol Use (if age appropriate) 

Middle/High School: 

  • Food Groups and healthy eating
  • Behavior and Stress Management 
  • Bone Health 
  • Sports Nutrition and Hydration  
  • Exercise and Injury Prevention  
  • Sun Safety  
  • Personal Hygiene