December 7, 2022

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Special Olympics MD athlete educates competitors on healthy living

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The Special Olympic games are right around the corner, and just as important as the competition itself is the health of all athletes.One athlete is educating his fellow competitors about the benefits of healthy eating.”By staying healthy and drinking lots of water and eating lots of vegetables and fruits, that way you stay engaged with participation practices and qualifiers,” said David Godoy, a Special Olympics Maryland athlete.Godoy knows better than anyone what it takes to be a healthy athlete with the Special Olympics Maryland.He’s been competing for 17 years now in various sports and is a leader athlete and a trained athlete health messenger.Godoy recently led a Zoom call for the athletes on healthy eating.”We showed a PowerPoint on the different choices of food, for example, like McDonalds. It was something to avoid for having because that’s not healthy at all, so they would put some slides on the PowerPoint and the athletes would make some choices,” Godoy said.According to Special Olympics Maryland, people with intellectual disabilities receive sub-standard care or virtually no health care at all.For every 10 athletes on a Special Olympics team:Two have never had an eye examTwo have potential hearing lossFour have untreated tooth decayTwo to three have low bone densitySix are overweight or obeseFive have at least one kind of skin or nail condition”What’s interesting is over the course of years, individuals with disabilities have been marginalized in every point of their life, and that has included healthcare. And what’s interesting is some of it is through a lack of training through practitioners, and some is through ignorance and inability to communicate,” Special Olympics Maryland President and CEO Jim Schmutz said.But Special Olympics Maryland is changing that narrative.For 50 years, they’ve been teaching healthy lifestyles and the importance of athletics.Last year they had to cancel the summer games due to the coronavirus pandemic. But this weekend, they’re back — and the athletes are working to stay healthier and happier than ever.”It gives me happiness and satisfaction. If I can do it all the athletes can do it themselves,” Godoy said.The Special Olympics Maryland summer games still need volunteers. Click here to sign up.

The Special Olympic games are right around the corner, and just as important as the competition itself is the health of all athletes.

One athlete is educating his fellow competitors about the benefits of healthy eating.

“By staying healthy and drinking lots of water and eating lots of vegetables and fruits, that way you stay engaged with participation practices and qualifiers,” said David Godoy, a Special Olympics Maryland athlete.

Godoy knows better than anyone what it takes to be a healthy athlete with the Special Olympics Maryland.

He’s been competing for 17 years now in various sports and is a leader athlete and a trained athlete health messenger.

Godoy recently led a Zoom call for the athletes on healthy eating.

“We showed a PowerPoint on the different choices of food, for example, like McDonalds. It was something to avoid for having because that’s not healthy at all, so they would put some slides on the PowerPoint and the athletes would make some choices,” Godoy said.

According to Special Olympics Maryland, people with intellectual disabilities receive sub-standard care or virtually no health care at all.

For every 10 athletes on a Special Olympics team:

  • Two have never had an eye exam
  • Two have potential hearing loss
  • Four have untreated tooth decay
  • Two to three have low bone density
  • Six are overweight or obese
  • Five have at least one kind of skin or nail condition

“What’s interesting is over the course of years, individuals with disabilities have been marginalized in every point of their life, and that has included healthcare. And what’s interesting is some of it is through a lack of training through practitioners, and some is through ignorance and inability to communicate,” Special Olympics Maryland President and CEO Jim Schmutz said.

But Special Olympics Maryland is changing that narrative.

For 50 years, they’ve been teaching healthy lifestyles and the importance of athletics.

Last year they had to cancel the summer games due to the coronavirus pandemic. But this weekend, they’re back — and the athletes are working to stay healthier and happier than ever.

“It gives me happiness and satisfaction. If I can do it all the athletes can do it themselves,” Godoy said.

The Special Olympics Maryland summer games still need volunteers. Click here to sign up.

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