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The College of Health and Human Performance

In name alone, the College of Health and Human Performance suggests that its mission is broad but its disciplines are inclusive. HHP seeks to make a lasting positive impact in the world by solving the puzzles that plague our community today. This variety of puzzles includes the tourism industry’s reaction to extreme weather, substance abuse and prevention, and other health issues, such as the obesity epidemic, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke prevention. HHP researchers, teachers, students and partners take both a classroom and community approach to reach out to the community and impact almost every aspect of the human condition.

Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute

The University of Florida’s Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute (EFTI) is committed to facilitating and fostering the growth of tourism. The Institute is redefining how companies, governments and communities look at travel and tourism. We believe it’s prudent to plan, develop and manage tourism — not just because it’s smart for our economy, but to address potential environmental and socio-cultural concerns. With more people traveling, it’s become a challenge for some communities to maintain a vibrant tourism-based economy while protecting the natural environment and their traditional way of life. In order to meet that challenge, EFTI (formerly known as the Center for Tourism Research and Development) was created in 1992 to serve tourism destinations and industries through research, consultancy, education and training services. Since then, it has evolved to become a major center for tourism research in Florida, the United States and globally. EFTI is at the forefront to address the challenges facing all of us, both today and tomorrow. The Institute — which taps into experts from a wide range of disciplines — is world-renowned for its fresh, academic and applied approach to the field. Dedicated to research excellence and with a passion for knowledge, the EFTI team works to solve tourism-related issues within six program areas:1) Tourism Marketing; 2) Sport Tourism and Event Management; 3) Ecotourism and Heritage Tourism; 4) Coastal, Marine and Water-Based Tourism; 5) Tourism Crisis Management; and 6) Hospitality Management.

Center for Behavioral Economic Health Research (CBEHR)

The mission of the CBEHR is to stimulate research applications aimed at understanding human behavior change, focusing on behaviors that adversely impact health and wellness. These applications are guided by the unifying trans-discipline of behavioral economics, which offers powerful concepts and methods for an enhanced understanding of the science of human behavior change.

Center for Exercise Science

Researchers in the Center for Exercise Science are studying many health-related issues that affect the entire community. CES scientists participate in studies that improve the world’s understanding of topics such as development of rehabilitation techniques for regaining motor control after stroke, maintaining optimal health and delaying age-related declines in physiological function.

Exercise Therapy and Adapted Physical Activity
The Exercise Therapy and Adapted Physical Activity program includes community events not only assisted by HHP students but often coordinated by them. Some of the events of the past year included volunteering at the following:
  • Sidney Lanier comes to UF Living Well Center for our Fitness/Sports Research Program
  • Adapted Physical Activity Challenges Program (APAC): Adapted Miracles – a new University Student Organization that works with children/families from the community with disabilities at UF sites and community sites!
  • Top Kickers Soccer! For children with disabilities
  • Wheelchair Basketball – First timers all the way to some of the world’s best players come to practice and learn from Dug, coach of National Division I Champion Dallas Mavericks Team.
  • AL’s PLACE (Elder Care) Recreational Therapy and more!
  • Terwilliger Elementary School Pre-K, Head Start, Children with disabilities – Assisting with motor development skill learning (climbing, sliding, swinging, walking, galloping, etc…)
The students also participated in community events such as:
  • Hand Camp
  • Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition
  • Five Points of Life Marathon
  • Special Olympics
  • March of Dimes: March for Babies
  • Gator Sport Ability Games.
  • YMCA Healthy Kids Day
  • Boggy Creek Camp

Athletic Training Clinical Sites
ATEP is an integral component of the UF and Gainesville communities. Not only does the program provide qualified and skilled athletic trainers to area high school and collegiate athletics programs, but they also are involved in many local community events, such as marathons and cycling races and local charitable events. During these events students and faculty from ATEP serve as volunteers to help with first aid and trauma for all competitors and spectators. Students also participate in the adapted aquatics classes for local middle school children with disabilities. Clinical sites include: University Athletic Association, Inc (Football, Swimming & Diving, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Lacrosse, Baseball, Gymnastics, Cross Country/Track & Field), Buchholz High School, Eastside High School, Gainesville High School, Oak Hall School, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, Santa Fe High School, Newberry High School and Santa Fe College.

March of Dimes
March of Dimes is one of the College of Health and Human Performance’s favorite ways to reach out to the community. Each year, the College hosts fundraising challenges and participates in the March of Dimes March for Babies.

Healthy Gators
Healthy Gators is a coalition of students, faculty and staff from over 40 University of Florida departments and organizations working together to create a healthier campus. Healthy Gators seeks to promote a campus environment supportive of the development and maintenance of a healthy body, mind and spirit for all members of the University of Florida community.

Oak Hammock
Oak Hammock at the University of Florida is a one-of-a-kind university-based retirement community. Its focus is only lifelong learning, fitness and health. The College of Health and Human Performance works with other UF colleges to make Oak Hammock “A Truly Unique Life-Fulfilling Community.” HHP works to pay attention to the many details that go into creating this unique environment from installing the right equipment to calibrating the ideal temperature for the swimming pools in the Fitness Center.

HHP Ambassadors
The HHP Ambassadors are a select group of students in the College of Health and Human Performance who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics and student leadership. These students represent the college at a variety of events, including alumni reunions, football tailgate parties at HHP and UF Family Weekend. HHP Ambassadors also serve as hosts at the Dean’s House and other official college events, as well as provide tours of HHP to incoming students. They now organize workshops for students, sponsor community service projects, organize the Internship Fair, mentor first-year students and give tours of HHP to potential students and alumni.

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