TitleEvaluation of the Special Olympics Team Wellness health promotion program for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMcCarty, K, Dixon-Ibarra, A, Macdonald, M
JournalJ Intellect Disabil
Date Published10/2020

INTRODUCTION: Individuals with intellectual disabilities are a known health disparities group. The Team Wellness (TW) health promotion program was developed to provide healthy lifestyle information to target this population. The purpose of this study was to conduct a qualitative program evaluation on Team Wellness.

METHODS: Interviews were conducted via one-on-one format with program coaches (n = 4, mean age = 25, female = 2, male = 2) and focus group with program athletes (n = 6, mean age = 45, female = 4, male = 2) who completed the TW program.

RESULTS: Themes that emerged included: (1) Program Perceptions; (2) TW Support; and (3) Program Feedback. Program perceptions were positive and continued athlete participation was anticipated. Coaches felt prepared to facilitate based on previous experience though program fidelity varied.

CONCLUSION: Study participants enjoyed TW and identified valuable recommendations. Program fidelity and marketing efforts are important for future consideration. Further quantitative assessment is needed to determine the effectiveness the program.

Alternate JournalJ Intellect Disabil
PubMed ID33025848