Friday May 8, 2020
Health & Wellness Newsletter
As we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19 on all of our lives, Special Olympics Connecticut is offering athletes new ways to stay active, healthy and connected through virtual health and fitness opportunities. Find out more here .

´╗┐SOCTFit5 Facebook Group Recap
We are closing in on Week 6 of our SOCT Fit 5 Facebook Group 8-week Challenge ! Check out all of the great resources that were shared this week with the group below.
Movement Monday
Our friends from  Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute  shared this awesome circuit workout!

Follow along with Chris and complete 10 reps of each exercise. Take a 1-2 minute break for water and then repeat 3 times.

Take-a-Walk Tuesday
Medical students from Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University want all of YOU to get out and walk! They are here to share some ideas about how they are staying motivated and active at home and how we can all do the same!

WWE Workout Wednesday
This week's training is focused on strength!

Strength gives you the ability to jump higher, throw farther, and sprint faster. It is important to work on strength while we are home so that we are ready when it is time to compete again!

30-Minute Thursday
A very special guest is back to help us dance our way to the Fit 5 exercise goal with a  Zumba  class!

This Live with Lisa Zumba class is a great 30-minute workout that feels like a party!

Fit Foods Friday
We are thankful for our friends at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) department of Nutrition for leading our
Fit Foods Fridays!

This week, USJ shared information about healthy dinner options!

Strong Minds Saturday
Our friends from Hartford Athletic professional soccer team are sharing a message of motivation!

These athletes understand just how hard it can be to be separated from their team and sports. They are sharing how they are staying motivated and positive!

Run Your Course
COVID-19 & IDD Advocacy
Last week, the Department of Developmental Services provided guidance on family members and guardians accompanying a loved one to a hospital admission or emergency department visit during the duration of the pandemic.
The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry , partners of Special Olympics, Inc., has led the effort to improve the quality of healthcare for people with I/DD. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have created a website that can be used as a resource for individuals, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Visit their website for resources and to learn more about their advocacy efforts.
The Arc Connecticut , CT's oldest and largest advocacy organization for those with I/DD, is working to ensure all people with I/DD can have a caregiver with them in the hospital during this pandemic. Visit their Facebook page to learn how you can support their efforts by contacting your legislatures.
Disability Rights Connecticut provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. Visit their website to learn more about their effort to protect the rights of people with disabilities in hospitals.