Health Messenger Program 2020

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 on Athlete Input 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
  • Willing to participate in pre-training conference calls
  • 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?

  • DUE to COVID-19 we are allowing practicums to be virtual!
  • 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

Health Messenger Virtual Training 

***Due to COVID -19 all IN PERSON trainings have be canceled. Must be able to attend BOTH virtual trainings.

Date:  Tuesday, December 15th & Thursday, December 17th

Platform: Zoom

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

Time: 4-6PM on both Tuesday and Thursday.  Training may not go for the full time slot. There will be breaks built in to the training. 


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Health Messenger Application 2020