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Health Promotion Screenings


As part of the Healthy Athletes® initiative Special Olympics New Zealand will be running Health Promotion screenings around the country.

In the past Special Olympics New Zealand has offered screenings as part of our four yearly National Games, however we realise there are many people who do not attend the Games or may not even be a Special Olympics athlete who would benefit from this service, therefore we are delighted to now be able to offer screenings throughout New Zealand to people with an intellectual disability on a regional basis.

Fast Facts

  • The purpose of the Health Promotion screening is to assess an individual’s overall health levels and provide education towards building and maintaining a healthy life style.
  • The screening is professionally run by volunteer health professionals and conducted to a very high standard. 
  • If a particular issue is identified and requires further referral, this will be done in association with the carer or family.
  • It is open to all individuals with an intellectual disability in the region, not just Special Olympics athletes. Carers and families are welcome to come along to accompany/support, and can also find out more about Special Olympics in the area.
  • Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.
  • It is free!
Upcoming promotions will be advertised here so look out for one near you!

Health promotion in numbers

Figures from a recent Health Promotion in Palmerston North.
  • 81 people assessed
  • 10 volunteers helped out
  • 56 people from residential providers
  • 31 people never before seen by Special Olympics
  • 9 referrals made



For more information about Healthy Athletes and the Health Promotion Screenings or if you are a health care professional and would like to learn about how you can participate, please contact:

Head Office

+64 4 560 0356


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