COLUMBIA DPT STUDENTS & FACULTY COMMEMORATE PT MONTH, DAY OF SERVICE & NEW YORK CARES

Posted by vanessa on November 8, 2017

The DPT2s (Class of 2019) promoted #ChoosePT in October
by Aubrey Courville
(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, as well as how to maintain better health while on the job or studying. In addition, there was a booth that raised $747 dollars for hurricane relief. Aubrey 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” discussed running form, training ideas, and common injuries. Students:

Sam Jakucionis, Meghan Zwahlen, Joluis De Los Santos, Morgan White

 2) “Do you even lift?” discussed correct form for benching and deadlifting and had a plank competition in which many of the professors got a little competitive! Students:

Prima Vithoontien, Chris Churchill, Anthony McNulty, Ran Wang, Vishruti Ramani, Nick Kwan

 3) “Ergonomics” had a desk set up with photos and handouts describing what postures are best for your body while at work and what exercises you can do to strengthen muscles that tend to be weak when sitting too long in front of the computer. Students:Alissa Ladas, John Villaluz, Victoria Dearing, Francis Jih, help from 1st year Brian Lee

4) “Do you want a Movement Screen?” allowed people to “get low” and squat while they analyzed possible weaknesses and gave advice on muscles that might need more attention at the gym. Students: Tasha Connolly, Katie Jones, Ken Jin

 5) “Getting Fit at Lunch” students wore large posters and handed out information to all passersby regarding desk yoga, daily exercise recommendations, and easy exercises and stretches to do at lunch or during a short work break in the office or library. Students: Martin del Prado, James Sinodinos, Courtney Burnett, Tegan Hayek

 6) “What is Physical Therapy?” informed people about the diversity of the profession and how to #ChoosePT (the APTA slogan for PT Month) and allowed people the opportunity to write a message on the board regarding what PT means to them. Students: Lauren Capezza, Tiffany May

 7) “Goodies for Puerto Rico” raised money for the APTA-sponsored Rehab Therapists Give Back Fund for hurricane relief in the Caribbean by selling delicious baked goods and Guatemalan scarves made by crafts people involved with the Service Learning Program in Guatemala. Students:  Sarah Johnson, Sam Pernick, Diana Kraikittikun, in addition to the many students that baked.

 

 

                                             

Faculty member Dr.Martha Sliwinski participates in the squat movement assessment for the “Let’s Breakdown Your Moves” booth.

 

Faculty members Dr. Rami Said, Dr. Laurel Abbruzzese, and Dr. Debra Krasinski cheer on Dr. Jean Timmerberg in the plank contest at the “Do You Even Lift?" Station

 

Dr. Wing Fu and Dr. Rami Said perform vertical planks as their version of the plank competition.

 

Other activities:

 

 

 

Yvonne Sciascia and Kayla Coutts volunteered at the Special Parent’s Afternoon Out event in Far Hills, NJ on PT Day of Service where over 350 guest children with disabilities were attended to with games and fun 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)

The Team with Dr. Laurel Abbruzzese, first row left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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