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.
Screening Process: Health Promotion screenings take approximately 15 - 30 minutes and focus on the following:
SHAFEEQ ARMSTRONG | Shafeeq Armstrong has worked for Special Olympics Ontario as a Health Program Developer since 2015 and has volunteered as a basketball coach with the organization since 2012. He is excited about building a level of inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities. He has an MSc in Human Health and Nutritional Science. Currently, he is completing a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Public Health Policy at the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
LAUREN FLEMMING | Lauren has been working as a Registered Dietitian in Windsor Essex County for seven years promoting health and wellness to individuals and groups. Her other interests include practicing and teaching yoga, pilates and acrobatics. Lauren had been a Health Promotion Clinical Director since 2018.
KATIE AU | Dr. Katherine Au (“Dr. Katie”) is a Clinical Director in Health Promotion for the Special Olympics Canada. Dr. Katie has always been passionate about fitness, healthy eating and living well, which inspired her to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry. Dr. Katie is proud to be the owner and Clinic Director of one of Toronto’s top-rated multidisciplinary health clinics, as well an experienced Chiropractor and Fitness Trainer. She has a combined professional experience of 26 years in the health and fitness industry, with over 10 years as a practicing Toronto chiropractor, over 9 years as an acupuncture practitioner and 17 years as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and fitness coach.
Dr. Katie graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She then went on to complete her Fellowship in Chiropractic Rehabilitation Sciences in Toronto, distinguishing her as specialist in sports injuries, exercise and physical rehabilitation. She holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and is also credentialed in Contemporary Medical and Neurofunctional Acupuncture from McMaster University. Dr. Katie has a background in Eastern Medicine is currently studying to be a Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto. She is also certified as a Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture practitioner, as well as Mei Zen Fertility and Abdominal / Digestive Health Acupuncture practitioner.
Dr. Katie has a special interest in the rehabilitation of sport- and repetitive strain-related injuries, as well as exercise pre/re-habilitation as it relates to injury prevention and improving posture and overall fitness. She is a certified Toronto Active Release Techniques Soft Tissue Treatment (ART®) provider in Spine, Upper Limb, Lower Limb, and Long Tract Nerve Entrapments, a movement-based soft tissue technique that treats injuries as well as overuse conditions, restores function, strength, range of motion and optimizes performance. She is also a certified Level 2 provider of Graston Technique (GT®), an instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization enabling the effective breakdown of scar tissue, fascial restrictions and treatment of other acute and chronic injuries. As a complement to her manual therapy skills, Dr. Katie is an experienced Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a L1 National Coaching Certificate holder, and a Traditional Chinese Medicine Qi Gong & Tai Chi practitioner.
Dr. Katie enjoys being an active member of her community and is involved with the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the Ontario Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Liaison, Special Olympics Canada, the Toronto Sport and Social Club and the Running Room. As both a medical practitioner and multi-sport athlete herself, Dr. Katie understands the cyclical challenges and triumphs of training, proper nutrition, competition, injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Patient education, preventative stretching / strengthening exercises, precise hands-on treatment, physical rehabilitation, nutrition and ergonomic advice are key elements of Dr. Katie’s practice as she works with individuals to not only meet, but exceed their health, wellness and performance goals.
Dr. Katie is excited to be a part of the clinical director team with the Special Olympics and looks forward to meeting you and helping you to live a healthier, stronger, and more fit lifestyle!
COURTNEY ANDERSON | Having started as a Community Sport Manager with Special Olympics Alberta, Courtney became passionate about the athletes and their health. Courtney believe the vision of Special Olympics and creating inclusive sport communities is profound and separates Special Olympics from other sport organizations. Courtney believes that Healthy Athletes expands further on this vision to provide inclusive health. With her background in health and nutrition and graduate degree in Human Kinetics Courtney is excited to be a dedicated team member to the Healthy Athletes program.