NEW RESOURCE CENTER BUILDS ON SRU’S REPUTATION FOR SERVICE
TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
HORSEBACK RIDING, SWIMMING, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED
THROUGH NEWLY OPENED CENTER ON DISABILITY AND HEALTH
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa – The Center on Disability and
Health, a new resource center for people with disabilities that
promotes healthy lifestyles, opened Sept. 1 at Slippery Rock
University. The center provides exercise programs for
community residents and their families with disabilities, including
horseback riding, aquatics, physical fitness, adapted physical
education and recreational activities.
Faculty and students from SRU’s Adapted Physical Activity
Program head the center, funded by a $161,000 grant from the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Operating from
four offices in Strain Behavioral Science Building and the Pearl K.
Stoner Educational Complex, the center also provides parent and
teacher training, printed materials and professional contacts to
“People with disabilities are even more vulnerable to
weight problems,” center director Dr. Robert Arnhold,
professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, said. “If
we can get people who have disabilities healthier and active now,
we’ll reduce a lot of secondary health conditions, and
we’ll save on healthcare costs in the long run.”
Exercise and rehabilitative sciences instructor Nancy Banner
will continue to teach equestrian facilitated riding and serve as
project coordinator of the center. New faculty Wendy Fagan,
instructor in the adapted program, will teach undergraduate courses
within the minor teaching students how to adapt workouts and
activities for individuals with disabilities.
This program has been designed to provide individuals with
disabilities and their families with information, support, and
activity programs within the community in which they live, Arnhold
said. For information or to make an appointment with center
staff, call 724-738-2847.