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 Second Federal Grant to Continue SRU's Center on Disability and Health 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Nov. 24, 2004

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine 724-738-4854; gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY’S CENTER ON DISABILITY AND HEALTH

RECEIVES $125,000 TO CONTINUE SERVICES IN 2005-06

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University will use a $125,000 federal grant to continue providing exercise and health education to regional residents with disabilities through its Center on Disability and Health. The grant will keep the center operating through the 2005-06 school year.

           The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided the grant working with U.S. Rep.Phil English, R-3-Erie. English came to campus Monday to mark the occasion. He helped obtain a $161,000 grant to open the center in August.

           Operated by faculty and students in SRU’s adapted physical activity minor, the resource center helps community members with physical and mental disabilities develop healthy lifestyles and reduce health risks associated with obesity, such as heart disease and diabetes. The center provides parent and teacher training, printed materials, professional contacts and exercise programs such as aquatics and horseback riding.

           About 175 people benefit every week, said SRU’s Dr. Robert Arnhold, professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences and center director. The center operates out of Strain Behavioral Science Building.

           “The activities and information available at this SRU facility are a great step forward for the area’s disabled and a valuable resource for their families,” English said.

           Joining him Monday in North Hall were SRU’s Dr. Susan Hannam, chair of the department of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, Interim Provost William Williams and Dr. Amanda Yale, associate provost for enrollment services.

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