Incorporating Healthy Programs

Special Olympics’ Healthy Communities initiative partnered with Healthy Highway and the Unified Sports teams to seamlessly blend health and wellness into training and competition. Healthy Highway is a program designed by physical education specialist Wendy Cooper to empower children and families to make healthy choices by using traffic metaphors for healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.

The members of the Unified Sports teams at Penn Yan, Dundee, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Pittsford, Penfield, Hinsdale, and Olean schools had an opportunity to try out some of the fun Healthy Highway activities at their competitions in March and April.

Students from Allegany-Limestone schools had an opportunity to do more with the Healthy Highways program during the course of their season. Coaches attended a training offered by Wendy Cooper on how to bring these themes and concepts into their practices. ” This is a new partnership for me that I am very excited about” say Wendy Cooper, Founder of Healthy Highway. It is our hope to expand this program to more Unified Teams next year through our Healthy Communities initiative.