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
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:
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