Healthy @ Home

Special Olympics Ontario has been working on a number of initiatives to help keep athletes and the community social, active, positive, and informed. One of these initiatives is Healthy @ Home!

On the Special Olympics Ontario website, Special Olympics will be updating it's pages to:

  • Stay Connected: How to connect with fiends, coaches, athletes, and Special Olympics Ontario while staying safe and social distancing
  • Stay Active: How to stay active and fit at home, so you can keep healthy while activities are on hold
  • Stay Positive: Here you can find tools and resources to support the mental health of the Special Olympics community, as well as yourself
  • Stay Informed: Here you can find information about what COVID-19 is and what steps you can take to stay healthy and reduce the risk of those around you

Coaches Corner has also been set up. This resource is an offline version of Healthy @ Home that will provide voicemail calls to any athletes that are unable to access the online program during this time.

You may have walked across Canada digitally with Special Olympics Ontario, and now they are taking on the world! To participate, just submit the time spent on your daily walk here - simple and fun!

Finally, you can find the Weekly Wellness Challenge here. This page, along with the others, is updated weekly, so make sure you check back to stay connected, stay active, stay positive, and stay informed.


Summer Practice Demonstrations

Special Olympics Ontario has started posting sport-specific workouts on their YouTube channel. These sports include softball, soccer, bocce, and others, and will be released weekly. Have fun and stay fit!

Resources for Athletes During COVID-19 Cancellations

During the upcoming weeks with all the activity cancellations amid the COVID-19 outbreak, we encourage all athletes to keep healthy and active. In order to do so, here are some resources to help get exercise while social distancing:

  • eLearning Course: For anyone looking to learn the basic information about coronavirus and how to protect yourself. Follow the instructions on this PDF to register and complete
  • Resources for Young Athletes:
    • Here you can find flashcards for short at-home activities, and here there is a guide for caregivers to run these activities
    • Here you can find videos demonstrating the Young Athletes activities
    • Here you can find advice for explaining COVID-19 to children
  • Fit 5 Resources Series: For anyone looking for short videos demonstrating athletic activities, you can find them here
  • School of Strength: The School of Strength provides athletes with a fitness tracker, fitness videos, and a guide to healthy snacks

Active Souls Project Online Classes

Active Souls Project (a local gym) is offering Online Fitness Classes for those with adapted and exceptional needs. This is a great way to stay active and healthy while social distancing. It is also a great way to have some fun and be connected with others.

These classes are eligible for reimbursement through Passport Funding.

Attractions Ontario Activities

Attractions Ontario have launched online activities to keep individuals entertained during this time. The activities launched are:

  • Virtual Tours - Here you can ride a roller coaster, tour museums, take a helicopter ride and much more, all from the comfort of your home!
  • Learning Activities - Here you can watch historical documentaries, learn about space, and read about the best in hockey with the online resources provided.
  • YouTube videos - On Attractions Ontario YouTube channel you can learn about the different attractions located around Ontario, watch tours of these attractions, and hear what locals have to say about it!

Learning Activities

  • The Ontario Historical Society has created an online Archaeology 101 course, along with various webinars and various other resources on their website
  • You can have books read to you or your child by various entertainers and actors here
  • For math games that are fun to play, visit here
  • Duolingo is a well-known app that can help you learn a new language
  • PBS Kids has fun and educational games for kids to enjoy
  • You can learn basic coding here and here

Additional Activites

  • The Children and Youth Planning Table of Waterloo Region has listed different at-home activities
  • The Kitchener Public Library has provided various activities including music, games, learning resources, and much more!
  • The YMCA of Cambridge and KW is offering a virtual YMCA to help keep the "mind, body and soul" healthy from home
  • While stuck at home, these 12 museums all around the world have opened their doors virtually, allowing anyone to take an online tour of the location
  • Create a "Virtual Circle" to help keep you or family member connected to their friends virtually
  • Here are 20 Places You Can Visit Virtually, including links to virtually visit The Louvre and the San Diego Zoo
  • Pocket Yoga is a great way to stay healthy at home throughout the day!
  • The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony will be posting a concert from the archives every Friday at 8 p.m. You can find these concerts posted on their Youtube channel or their Facebook page
  • The City of Kitchener has uploaded a list of activities at home for their initiative of Active at Home
  • The Social Distancing Festival has been set up to help celebrate and showcase all kinds of art from all around the world. You can watch dance performances, music performances, as well as many others!
  • The Met Opera and The Vienna State Opera are both streaming various performances throughout quarantine
  • Disney has various behind-the-scenes videos, as well as virtual tours and virtual ride experiences to help you experience the magic
  • Here you can make your own comic book
  • For the musically inclined, here you can play piano online