Posted by vanessa on November 8, 2017
The DPT2s (Class of 2019) promoted #ChoosePT in October
by Kayla Coutts (CUDPT 2019)
On October 19th, the second year class held a Columbia Physical Therapy Fair on the CUMC campus. The booths aimed to inform the campus and greater community on ways to get up and get moving when not at work or school, and ways to maintain better health while on the job or studying. In addition, there was a booth that raised $747 dollars for hurricane relief as part of the APTA's "Rehab Therapists Give Back" campaign. Kaya commented that the fair also “allowed professors and students to bond in a fun way outside of class while promoting health, wellness, and exercise.”
Many of the second year students that headed booths, volunteered, or baked for the bake sale.
The booths included:
1) “Desk to 5K” Students Samantha Jakucionis, Meghan Zwahlen, Joluis De Los Santos, Morgan White (all Class of 2019) discussed running form, training ideas, and common injuries.
2) “Do you even lift?” Students Prima Vithoontien, Chris Churchill, Anthony McNulty, Ran Wang, Vishruti Ramani, Nick Kwan (all Class of 2019) discussed correct form for lifting and held a plank competition in which many of the professors got a little competitive!
3) “Ergonomics” Alissa Ladas, John Villaluz, Victoria Dearing, Francis Jih (Class of 2019),with help from 1st year Brian Lee demonstrated exercises you can do when sitting in front of the computer.
4) “Do you want a Movement Screen?” Tasha Connolly, Katie Jones and Ken Jim (Class of 2019) asked people to perform squats and gave advice on muscles that might need more attention at the gym.
5) “Getting Fit at Lunch” Martin del Prado, James Sinodinos, Courtney Burnett, and Tegan Hayek distributed information about desk yoga, and easy exercisess to do during a break in the office or library.
6) “What is Physical Therapy?” Lauren Capezza and Tiffany May (Class of 2019) raised awareness of #ChoosePT.
7) “Goodies for Puerto Rico” Sarah Johnson, Sam Pernick, and Diana Kraikittikun (Class of 2019) and many student bakers raised money for the APTA-sponsored Rehab Therapists Give Back Fund for hurricane relief in the Caribbean by selling baked goods and scarves made by craftspeople involved with the Service Learning Program in Guatemala.
Faculty member Dr.Martha Sliwinski participates in the squat movement assessment for the “Let’s Breakdown Your Moves” booth.
Adjunct faculty member Dr. Rami Said, faculty members Dr. Laurel Abbruzzese, and Program Director Dr. Debra Krasinski
cheer on faculty member Dr. Jean Timmerberg in the plank contest at the “Do You Even Lift?" Station
Faculty member Dr. Wing Fu and adjunct faculty member Dr. Rami Said perform vertical planks
as a modification in the plank competition.
Other service activities included:
Yvonne Sciascia and Kayla Coutts volunteered at the Special Parent’s Afternoon Out event in Far Hills, NJ
on PT Day of Service. Over 350 children with disabilities attended. They enjoyed games and other fun activities
while their parents got an afternoon out.
Second year student Gabe Guefen (third from left) after the Race for Rehab in Valhalla, New York
at the New York Medical College on PT Day of Service, an event run by their physical therapy program
to raise money for Achilles International, a group for disabled runners.
New York Cares Day
In celebration of PT Month, and as a part of PT Day of Service, 30 DPT I students accompanied Dr. Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese to the Bronx to “TRANSFORM” the halls and stairwells of JHS 117 Joseph H. Wade School. Students took a break from studying to give back to the community. In addition to painting signs, railings and murals, the group also raised over $750 for New York Cares.
Team photo with T-Shirts
L-R: Carly Adler, Maisie Rapp (CUDPT 2020)
Bottom to top: Jonathan Grace,
Sonali Patel, Jackie O'Neil and Seema Balaney (CUDPT 2020)