Healthy Communities and Programming

Special Olympics Montana Healthy Communities

-Igniting Change for Inclusive Health-

Special Olympics Health, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, is working to achieve inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities, leading to equitable access to quality healthcare, education, and service throughout the community.

On this page, you can find information about Healthy Communities, some of our Fitness resources, and the Health Programming we’re offering year-round!

Our Newsletter

Want to know the latest about health at SOMT? Click on the button below to see our most recent newsletter!

Dance Party

Come join us for a fun evening of music and dancing around! Click on the button below to see the Dance Party flyer and to find out how you can sign-up to attend one of these exciting parties! We’d love to see you!

Zumba and Zoomba

Come join us for “Zumba Gold” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon and “Zoomba” on Tuesdays at 5:00 pm in December. Click on the drop down, just below this, to see how to register!

Tuesdays & Thursdays - Zumba Gold

Click on the button below to see the flyer for the Tuesday & Thursday Zumba Gold class!

Tuesdays in December - Zoomba

Click on the button below to see the flyer for the Tuesday Zoomba class in December!

Cooking Class

Montana State SNAP-Ed will help teach you how to cook delicious meals and try new recipes. Classes focus around healthy cooking, which is important for healthy communities! If you’re interested in attending a class, click on the button below to see the flyer that will show you how to sign-up!

Health Messengers

Health Messengers are Special Olympics athletes who have been trained to serve as a health and wellness leader, educator, advocate, and role model within their community and around the state. If you are an athlete and interested in becoming a Health Messenger, give Bill Salonen a call at 406-315-4230. Click on the drop-down below to see SOMT’s current Health Messengers.

Health Messengers

  • Josh Anderson- Great Falls
  • Jamie Darko- Great Falls
  • Jena Lawson- Great Falls
  • Brandy Peterson- Billings
  • Carson Patten- Lewistown
  • Thad Powell- Butte
  • Tanner Davis- Helena
  • Anton Veverka- Richey
  • Alina Miles- Miles City

Fit 5 Health and Fitness Classes

Fit 5 is a fitness program centered around physical activity, nutrition, and hydration. It can improve your overall health and fitness and help make you the best athlete you can be! To find out how to start a Fit 5 class in your area, contact Bill Salonen at 406-315-4230.

Click on the button above to view the Fit 5 fitness videos. These videos feature 5 levels with increasing difficulty to help build endurance, flexibility, strength, and balance.

Click on the button above to see the dynamic stretch videos. These are 12 stretches including leg swings, butt kicks, hip circles, lateral lunges, and more.

Healthy Athletes

The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program offers free health exams to adults and children with intellectual disabilities. These exams are in the areas of vision (Opening Eyes), physical therapy (Fun Fitness), dental (Special Smiles), audiology (Healthy Hearing), podiatry (Fit Feet), prevention and nutrition (Health Promotion), emotional/mental health (Strong Minds), and free physical exams (MedFest). They are facilitated by trained volunteers, who are professionals in their respective field(s). Click below for a fact sheet about each discipline.

Staying Safe from the flu and COVID-19

Mask Up!

Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. Keep your distance of at least 6 feet from others when you can.

Lather Up!

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.

Sleeve Up!

Getting a flu shot each year is more important than ever!

Montana 2-1-1

Montana 2-1-1 provides information and connects people to resources for non-emergency needs, via an easy to remember phone number (2-1-1) and a mobile-friendly website (montana211.org). You can use this website to easily search for your city’s non-profit and government services.

Contact: Bill Salonen: Director of Innovation: 406-315-4230: bsalonen@somt.org