Special Olympics

health promotion


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Who can apply?

No prior experience is required but professionals or students in the following or related fields are welcome to volunteer: Nutrition, Health Education, Nursing and Medicine. 

Additional Information

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 area: 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 behaviour can help them improve and maintain good health and sports performance. 

Clinical directors

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 fleming

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 has been a Health Promotion Clinical Director since 2018.

katie Au

Dr. Katherine Au ("Dr. Katie") is a Clinical Director in Health Promotion for Special Olympics Canada. Dr Katie is proud to be the owner and Clinic Director of one of Tonoto's top-rated multidisciplinary health clinics, as well as an experienced Chiropractor and Fitness Trainer. She has combined professional experience of 26 years in the health and fitness industry with over 10 yeas as a practicing chiropractor, over 9 yeas as an acupuncture practitioner and 17 years as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist and fitness coach. 

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.