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LifeLabs Sponsors Healthy Athletes Program at Special Olympics BC and ON

Athletes will have free health screenings by LifeLabs at the 2017 Summer Games

Toronto, ON (May 5, 2017) – LifeLabs announced today that it will proudly serve as sponsors of the Healthy Athletes program at Special Olympics' 2017 Summer Games in Ontario and British Columbia. The Healthy Athletes program will help athletes perform at their best by providing free health screenings and health-focused education provided by volunteer health care professionals. The program supports athletes with intellectual disabilities focusing on podiatry, physical therapy, vision, dentistry, audiology, and health promotion, to name a few. LifeLabs is excited to support a program that aligns so well with its vision of building a healthier Canada.

"As athletes, maintaining optimal health is key to performance. LifeLabs is honoured to be a part of the team that will support the health care needs of athletes and proud to be partnering with a program that spreads a message of inclusion and acceptance," says Sue Paish, CEO of LifeLabs.

Since its launch in 1997, the Healthy Athletes program has provided over 1.7 million free health screenings to Special Olympics athletes in more than 134 countries, and now has the largest dataset on the health of people with intellectual disabilities. The Healthy Athletes program is part of Special Olympics' broader goal of making healthcare more inclusive for those with intellectual disabilities and supporting the training of health care professionals to help address the unique health concerns of athletes with intellectual disabilities.

The 2017 Special Olympics Summer Games will take place in Kamloops, British Columbia, from July 6 – 8, 2017 and in Ontario's Peel Region from July 13 – 16, 2017. To learn more about the Healthy Athletes program, please visit here.

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Brenna Birkin

LifeLabs, Communications Specialist

P. 416.937.1429



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