This page contains resources and links about Special Olympics Ontario and SOO-Ottawa's initiatives and activities related to the Health and Wellness of our Athletes and Volunteers
NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES
Special Olympics Ontario Greater Ottawa Council is actively monitoring the public health situation with regards to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus and is working closely with Provincial Office on how to best manage the situation with regards to the health and well-being of all our athletes and volunteers. Regular updates will be provided here when there are changes in guidance from Special Olympics Ontario and/or the local and provincial Public Health Authorities.
Special Olympics Ontario COVID-19 Information: SOO COVID-19 Monitoring and Updates
COVID-19 Update Summer Registration: SOO Greater Ottawa COVID-19 Summer Registration Update
March 14th Statement from SOO Greater Ottawa: SOO Greater Ottawa COVID-19 Statement
What you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. This generally means staying six feet (or about two meters) away.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Additional Information available from Public Health Authorities:
Public Health Ottawa: How to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic
The Healthy Athletes (HA) initiative is a health screening and education program designed for people with Intellectual Disabilities. HA Screenings are offered in seven disciplines and are administered by volunteer health care providers at sporting events throughout the year. Launched in 1997, HA has made Special Olympics the largest health care provider for people with Intellectual Disabilities in the world.
In order for athletes to perform at their best, both on and off the playing field, we believe promoting a healthy life style to our athletes is critical to their success. 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. All screenings are free to the athletes and occur throughout the year.
Healthy Athletes at Special Olympics Ontario
Health Resources for our Community
As we create and develop relationships with clinics and health providers in our community we'll post links here for our Athletes to access these key resources. We also recommend you regularly review the Public Health Websites for the City of Ottawa and Province of Ontario.
Ottawa Public Health regularly hosts clinics and other events that help maintain a healthy community in our city. Check our their website for the latest information. You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.