Friday May 1, 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 5 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
Get moving with these Fit 5 Level 5 Exercises!

Repeat this video three times a day, after each meal, to reach your Fit 5 goal of 30-minutes of physical activity each day!

Take-a-Walk Tuesday
Live walk with Nicole!

Join Nicole for a LIVE 30-minute walk where she answers questions that you have about Fit 5!

WWE Workout Wednesday
We have an exciting workout with a very special guest! Alex Prostano is a trainer visiting us all the way from New York City!

30-Minute Thursday
We have a new guest to help us with  #30MinuteThursday !

Join Trainer  Tiffany Sisco Fit Pro  for an awesome 30-Minute Workout!
Make sure to start with a 5-10 minute warm-up before you get started. Try these exercises for a full-body warm-up and ENJOY!
-10 Jumping Jacks
-10 Arm Circles
-10 Leg Swings
-10 Trunk Twists

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 lunch options!

Strong Minds Saturday

Getting a good nights sleep has many benefits for your entire body, mind and spirit. With so many changes to your daily schedules, your sleep might be suffering, causing you to remain tired during the day.

Take a look at some of theses tips & try them out for a more restful night.

Tips to Stay Connected from SOCT Health Leader
SOCT Health Leader, Angie D'Amico recommends the following ways to stay connected to family and friends from home!

You can stay connected by video chatting with them on Zoom, FaceTime, or Facebook Messenger! Adding a game to your video chat is a great way to have some extra fun together. Try these games below with your family and friends:
5 Second Rule:
Pick a topic, such as different ice cream flavors, and tell your group what the topic is. The other people have 5 seconds to call out at least 3 items that fit the topic. Whoever can call out 3 items the fastest, wins that turn!

Come up with an idea in your head whether it is a book, movie, TV show, person or something from another category. Act out what you chose on the video and see if the rest of the group can guess what is in your head!

I spy:
One player says I spy, and describes something that they see on other players screen. Players can take turns guessing what that person is describing. Whoever guesses the answer first gets to spy something next!
COVID-19 & IDD Advocacy
This 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.