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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152262
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Special Olympics of Delaware and Sigma Theta Tau International ? Beta Xi
Abstract:
Special Olympics of Delaware and Sigma Theta Tau International ? Beta Xi
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Polek, Carolee Ann, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Delaware
Title:Assistant Professor
Special Olympics (S.O.) is a program that serves more than 1.7 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 150 countries. They provide year-round programs of sports training and athletic competition. The state of Delaware currently serves over 2,200 athletes. Research has indicated that many of the S.O. athletes have serious undiagnosed medical conditions: cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity, and diabetes. In response to these unmet health needs, S.O. initiated the Health Promotion Venue (HPV). This program complimented their existing Healthy Athletes Program begun over 13 years ago. In 2002, S.O. of Delaware discussed piloting a ?Wellness Park? to compliment the Healthy Athlete component. Simultaneously, Beta Xi indicated the need to incorporate service into their mission and developed a strategic plan. Beta Xi was fortunate enough to partner with S.O. at the beginning stages of the ?Wellness Park? discussions and helped develop the essential components. Beta Xi has been partnering with the organization ever since. Beta Xi members volunteer for a majority of S.O. events held year-round throughout the state. The roles vary depending on the venue and need. They obtain or create materials and resources, promote sun safety, germ awareness along with health screening: blood pressure, heights, weights and BMI?s. During the larger events, Beta Xi is able to collected data from the athletes. Research was conducted on their blood pressure, heights and weights have been presented at research conferences. This data will be used to help develop health programs to address those unmet health needs of this vulnerable population. S.O. of Delaware has a reputation as having one of the top overall Healthy Athletes programs in the world. They are called upon to visit programs throughout the nation to help implement similar programs. This recognition would not be possible without the collaboration and dedication of the Beta Xi volunteers.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSpecial Olympics of Delaware and Sigma Theta Tau International ? Beta Xien_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152262-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Special Olympics of Delaware and Sigma Theta Tau International ? Beta Xi</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Polek, Carolee Ann, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Delaware</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cpolek@udel.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Special Olympics (S.O.) is a program that serves more than 1.7 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 150 countries. They provide year-round programs of sports training and athletic competition. The state of Delaware currently serves over 2,200 athletes. Research has indicated that many of the S.O. athletes have serious undiagnosed medical conditions: cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity, and diabetes. In response to these unmet health needs, S.O. initiated the Health Promotion Venue (HPV). This program complimented their existing Healthy Athletes Program begun over 13 years ago. In 2002, S.O. of Delaware discussed piloting a ?Wellness Park? to compliment the Healthy Athlete component. Simultaneously, Beta Xi indicated the need to incorporate service into their mission and developed a strategic plan. Beta Xi was fortunate enough to partner with S.O. at the beginning stages of the ?Wellness Park? discussions and helped develop the essential components. Beta Xi has been partnering with the organization ever since. Beta Xi members volunteer for a majority of S.O. events held year-round throughout the state. The roles vary depending on the venue and need. They obtain or create materials and resources, promote sun safety, germ awareness along with health screening: blood pressure, heights, weights and BMI?s. During the larger events, Beta Xi is able to collected data from the athletes. Research was conducted on their blood pressure, heights and weights have been presented at research conferences. This data will be used to help develop health programs to address those unmet health needs of this vulnerable population. S.O. of Delaware has a reputation as having one of the top overall Healthy Athletes programs in the world. They are called upon to visit programs throughout the nation to help implement similar programs. This recognition would not be possible without the collaboration and dedication of the Beta Xi volunteers.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:29:43Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:29:43Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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