Special Olympics Iowa held its very first Health Messenger Training on August 28 and 29. This virtual training equipped 7 athletes and their mentors to be wellness leaders, educators, advocates, and role models within their teams and communities. Athletes attended sessions on fitness, emotional health, health self-advocacy, nutrition, and more before assessing how they want to serve as a leader. Athletes then had time to plan for and present a practicum that they will implement over the next year!
The 2020 Special Olympics Iowa Health Messenger class includes Cari Davis, Charity Hodson, Abbie Kliegl, Mercedes Krahmer, Casey McAleer, Amanda Oswald, and Adam Payne.