Promoting healthy habits at the Special Olympics

University Park, Centre County, Pa. - Another year of the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania is in the books.

Friendly competition remains at the forefront of the annual event, but volunteers associated with the Healthy Athletes Initiative wants to encourage healthy habits for the athletes on and off the field. 

Athletes can choose from six different clinics during the Summer Games---including exams for hearing, feet, and blood pressure. 

They can also learn more about healthy eating habits. 

Vick Campbell, chair of Healthy Athletes Initiative, says many of the athletes train and play just as hard as athletes playing a high school game. 

In his 10 years, he says he's seen improvements in the athletes becoming more health conscious.  

Healthy Athletes Initiative has been a part of the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania for about 15 years. 


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