March 14, 2006
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PA HEALTH SECRETARY TO VISIT SRU EQUESTRIAN
CENTER APRIL 4
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Dr. Calvin B.
Johnson, Pennsylvania secretary of health since 2003, will come to
Slippery Rock University on April 4 to learn more about the
university’s Adapted Physical Activity Program and its latest
component, the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center.
visit corresponds with the April 3-9 National Public Health Week,
with the theme of “Designing Healthy Communities:
Raising Healthy Kids.”
adapted program teaches students to organize and manage physical
activity and recreational activities for adults and children with
disabilities, including horseback riding, aquatics and gymnastics.
Johnson, a pediatrician, will meet with SRU faculty and students at
the equestrian center from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Aides in Harrisburg said
he takes a bus tour annually to visit those involved in programs
working to improve the health of Pennsylvanians. Johnson selected
SRU’s Adapted Physical Activity Program.
pleased Secretary Johnson is visiting,” said SRU’s Dr.
Robert Arnhold, professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences
and coordinator of the equestrian center. “Our students work
hard, and Storm Harbor is just the latest way in which they are
working to improve lives while preparing for careers of service for
those with disabilities.”
center, which opened in August, specializes in providing horseback
riding for children and adults with mental and physical
disabilities. Riding improves clients’ self-esteem,
coordination and muscle strength, Arnhold said.
20-acre Storm Harbor center houses seven horses and includes an
indoor riding arena, a wheelchair lift, stables and outdoor
Edward Rendell appointed Johnson secretary of health in 2003.
Johnson serves as senior adviser to the governor on identified
health priorities for the state. He attended Morehouse College in
Atlanta and earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins
the time of his appointment, Johnson was a professor of pediatrics
at Temple University School of Medicine and a practicing
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