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Only 17-30% of individuals with ID meet the recommendations for daily exercise

Populations of individuals with ID have higher BMI, lower cardiovascular fitness and lower muscle strength compared to the general population

Individuals with ID also have many dietary challenges necessitating nutritional education and interventions

One study following four athletes with ID, showed that pairing athletes with and without (unified sports) resulted in a positive change in social self-concept for athletes with ID

Given the above, we:

Created a 6-week pilot training and nutrition program for Special Olympics Vermont (SOVT).

Paired athletes with ID with college athletes without ID to promote wellness during the athlete’s off season.


Stephen Contompasis, MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Justin Graham, Special Olympics Vermont


Special Olympics Vermont


Adolescent Health, Disability and Health, Early and Middle Childhood, Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being, Nutrition and Weight Status, Physical Activity

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Implementing a Fitness and Nutrition Program for Special Olympics Athletes