Special Olympics BC Health Forums! Region 6 Dates & Times

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Special Olympics BC is very excited to announce the launch of our very first round Virtual Family Health Forums! With everything going on we wanted to be able to offer athletes, coaches, parents & supporters with an opportunity to connect, learn, and discuss health related topics!

We are so excited to be teaming up with some wonderful facilitators to provide you with the opportunity to join them on a Virtual Zoom call to learn, discuss and ask any questions you might have.

Read below to find out more about each Health Forum!

Mental Wellness Virtual Health Forum with Kimberly Rutledge
Special Olympics British Columbia is very exciting to bring two different Virtual Health Forums focused on the topic of Mental Wellness, presented by Kimberly Rutledge. One of the Forum will be for Athletes only. The other open to anyone; coaches, parents, supports, family members, etc.

Kimberly Rutledge is currently working towards her double Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Biology at UBC Okanagan and works as a research assistant in community health. Kimberly was drawn to the field of psychology because of her passion for psychological health & wellness and promoting resiliency within communities. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in clinical neuroscience and to use the knowledge she gains to transform the way we provide support within health care.

Kimberly is passionate about creating opportunities for all children to succeed and volunteers her time as a STEM educator for classrooms in BC. She is also a public speaker and mental health advocate through Jack.org and is currently working on a project to promote inclusive education.

Kimberly is excited to be working with Special Olympics BC on their Healthy Athletes program! She will be leading a series of Zoom run Health Forums to chat with Special Olympics athletes about topics around mental health such as what does feeling unwell look like, how to know if you or your friends are struggling with their mental health, the types of stress that exist, and how to use positive stress to perform your best, and will be walking athletes through a Mental Wellness Booklet.

The Mental Wellness Athlete Health Forum will be hosted virtually on Zoom. Registered participants will be sent the link to access the Zoom Meeting 24 hours before the forum. Athletes are not required to have their video function enabled (turned-on) if they do not feel comfortable, it is entirely up to them!

We are limiting registration numbers for the Athlete Health Forum on Mental Wellness. The athlete forums will be limited to 25 Athletes, the Family Forum will be unlimited. If the Forum fills up or “sells out” please please please register for the waitlist, if we have enough interest we will do our very best to offer additional forums to meet this demand! We will also be making the resources (and a recording on the zoom call) available to everyone online.

Athlete Health Forum – Mental Wellness *athletes only*
Date: May 27th
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm PT
Location: Virtually on Zoom!
To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/105098299844

Family Health Forum – Mental Wellness
Date: May 28th
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm PT
Location: Virtually on Zoom!
To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/105100000932

Healthy Eating Health Forum with Joel Barohn
Special Olympics British Columbia is very exciting to bring to you a Virtual Health Forum focused on the topic of Healthy Eating, presented by Joel Barohn.

Joel completed his training in dietetics in 2014 from the University of Kansas Medical Centre in Kansas City, Kansas, where he had the opportunity to train at both the University of Kansas and University of Texas Athletic Departments in sports nutrition. In addition to working as a nutrition educator at BC Dairy Association, Joel is an Adjunct Professor at UBC and works with the UBC athletic department on post-game nutrition recovery projects.

John is passionate about nutrition, and looks forward to teaching Special Olympic Athletes and Coaches about Healthy Eating. Joel will be leading a series of Zoom run Health Forums to chat with Special Olympics athletes and coaches about nutrition, proper portion sizes, the importance of food groups, and how to eat a balanced diet! Joel will also be walking athletes and coaches through a Healthy Eating Workbook called “Check on Balance”.

We are limiting registration number for Healthy Eating to 12 Athletes and 6 Coaches. If the Forum fills up or “sells out” please please please register for the waitlist, if we have enough interest we will do our very best to offer additional forums to meet this demand! We will also be making the resources (and a recording on the zoom call) available to everyone online.

Date: June 16th
Time: 3:00 p.m. PT
Location: Virtually on Zoom!
To Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/105104231586

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