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Health Messenger Training 2021

Become A Health Messenger!

  1. Are you a Special Olympics athlete who is passionate about fitness, nutrition or health?
  2. Are you a Special Olympics athlete who is interested in helping others learn how to live a healthy/fit lifestyle.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider applying to be trained as a Special Olympics Massachusetts Health Messenger!

Athletes will be trained to:

  • Be representatives and advocats on councils and Boards
  • Motivate peers on maintaining good nutrition, hydration and physical activity
  • Deliver Fit5 lessons to other athletes
  • Lead other Special Olympics athletes to establish healthy lifestyles and set personal health and fitness goals

Health Messenger Qualifications:

  • Active Special Olympics athlete
  • Interested in fitness/health and committed to putting the training into action in your community and SO Program
  • Participate in a Health Messenger Practicum

Practicum Information

  • It is very important to do more than just receive a certificate! At the end of the Health Messenger training, you need to practice what you’ve learned. Each athlete who is certified as a Health Messenger is required to do one health and wellness focused practicum in their communities within one year of receiving training.

What is a Practicum?

  • Athletes will receive guidance when picking a practicum and will also receive any help needed through out their practicum by our staff member Vicky DiNatale
  • Practicum Examples

Fall Research Opportunities For Health Messenger!

We have teamed up with Boston University to provide a co-research opportunity for our athletes who are health messenger. This is the FIRST opportunities for athletes in Massachusetts to be apart of a research group. These athletes will learn about the importance of research then as a group conduct a researh study. This group will be lead by a Boston University student that will help and guide them through the course.

About the program:

  • There will be 6 classes this fall (currently scheduled to be held at Special Olympcis MA headquaters).
  • Each participate will receive a gift card for their participation
  • Limited spots availble! We cant guaratnee a spot for this fall’s research group but completing the health messenger training means you can sign up for the next research group!

** If you cant make the health messenger training  but would like to take part of this study please email Vicky at Vicky.Dinatale@specialolympicsma.org

Virtual Health Messenger Training

Date:  Tuesday, August 24th & Thursday, August 26th

Where: Zoom

A zoom link will be sent out 1 week prior to the training’s.

Time: 5:30-7pm on both Tuesday and Thursday.  Training may not go for the full time slot. There will be breaks built in to the training.  

**For those that cant make both session email Vicky at Vicky.Dinatale@specialolympicsma.org

Sign Up Today!

Health Messenger Application 2021