Lisa Bernard has achieved an exciting milestone in becoming the first Special Olympics PEI athlete to complete a pillar of the Wellness Champion program! Lisa, who is also a Health Messenger, is setting the example for athletes who want to stay active, but who are unable to participate in community programs during COVID restrictions.
While approximately 90% of Special Olympics PEI's in person programs are back up and running thanks to Return to Play initiatives, athlete participation does not yet match. For a number of reasons, including restrictions at group homes and personal levels of comfort, program capacity is currently at approximately 30%. To fill this gap, and to provide quality at home programming for our athletes, Special Olympics PEI launched the Wellness Champion program in the Fall.
Lisa completed the Experiment & Create pillar of the Wellness Champion program. This pillar, one of 4, includes activities such as creating a vision board and trying a new healthy snack. Upon completion of this pillar Lisa received a Experiment & Create medal. Athletes receive a medal for completing each pillar, which fit together like a puzzle, and become a larger Wellness Champion medal in the end.
Lisa signed up for the Wellness Champion program to try something new. Unable to attend in person programs currently, she misses seeing her friends in person. Lisa encourages other athletes to sign up for the program to learn new skills.
Join the Wellness Champion Program
To learn more about the Wellness Champions program email the Special Olympics PEI office or call 902-368-8919.