| Ishan Ibrahim |
THE Healthy Athlete Programme was officially opened yesterday by Hjh Siti Mariam binti Hj Mohd Jaafar, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health (MoH) who was the guest of honour at the MoH’s Health Promotion Centre.
Athletes, including those involved with the Special Olympics, will receive a variety of health screenings and services at a series of clinics in the programme.
The clinics will also enable athletes to have referrals or re-commendations for follow-ups if needed with local healthcare practitioners.
The clinics may also be involved in collecting, analysing and disseminating data on the health status and needs of people with intellectual disability that could hopefully improve health policies and related programmes.
The deputy permanent secretary yesterday saw various sessions of the five health screening programmes offered to athletes.
The screening programmes, delivered by healthcare professionals and student volunteers, are as follows:
– Fit Feet, where podiatrists screen athletes’ feet and ankles for deformities and offer advice regarding proper shoes and socks;
– Fun Fitness, where physiotherapists provide education and on-site consultation to athletes and coaches on how to train and compete safely;
– Health Promotion, where nutritionists, dieticians and other healthcare professionals educate athletes on elements of health, including healthy eating, sun safety, bone health and others;
– Opening Eyes, which conducts extensive vision screening, including vision and eye health tests, as well as providing free prescription eyeglasses and prescription sports eyewear, and
– Special Smiles, which offers dental screening, health education and preventative services.