EC Nutrition

Editorial Volume 18 Issue 5 - 2023

Health@Play - Healthy Know How - For Active Kids

Nazih Eldin1*, Joana Caldeira2, Hayley Kavanagh3, Karen Coventry4 and Fiona Gilligan5

1Formerly National Obesity Advisor, Department of Health, Ireland
2Chief Nutrition Specialist, Safefood, Ireland
3Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Special Olympics Ireland & PhD Candidates, Dublin City University, Ireland
4Director of Sport, Special Olympics, Ireland
5Director of Marketing and Communications, Safefood, Ireland

*Corresponding Author: Nazih Eldin, Formerly National Obesity Advisor, Department of Health, Ireland.
Received: April 27, 2023; Published: May 09, 2023

Keywords: Special Olympics Ireland (SOI); safefood; Intellectual Disabilities (ID); Nutrition; Play; Health Behaviours; Health Education


Special Olympics Ireland (SOI) and safefood work with people across the island of Ireland, through the delivery of campaigns, research and supports in the community SOI provide an estimated 8,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities (ID) meaningful opportunities to participate in sport, competition and health programmes. People with ID experience more ill health and have a lower average life expectancy than the general population. However, a lot of these chronic illnesses and diseases are preventable through appropriate health education and prevention programmes targeted to meet the needs of people with ID. Health@Play aims to improve health and wellbeing amongst children with ID, in order to establish positive health behaviours from an early age as good habits set in childhood can last a lifetime. The programme aims to prevent the development of chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease among this population.  This programme, in its scale, is the biggest initiative targeted at children with ID currently available.

Nazih Eldin., et al. "Health@Play - Healthy Know How - For Active Kids". EC Nutrition 18.5 (2023): 20-21.