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First Annual Fit-In Conference: IFC Co-chair Dr. Jim Rimmer to Keynote

First Annual Fit-In Conference, Friday October 11, 2013
2231 Weiskotten Hall and Institute for Human Performance, SUNY Upstate Medical University

New Paradigms for Assistive Technology and Inclusive Fitness

This conference will:

  1. Bring together key stake-holders to develop an action plan for inclusive fitness in CNY
  2. Provide state-of-the-art expertise on assistive technology for inclusive fitness
  3. Involve high school students in a workshop to adapt toy cars for kids with disabilities
  4. Recognize CNY United Power Soccer Team
  5. Launch a web resource/social media for promoting inclusive fitness:

The Fitness Inclusion Network is a collaborative, cross-institution initiative that was launched in 2013 with support from the Upstate Foundation/Golisano Children’s Hospital, SUNY Cortland Department of Physical Education, and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. We are an interdisciplinary group of athletes, students, families, and professionals in adapted physical education, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, engineering, therapeutic recreation, special education, social work, and disability policy and law.


To develop innovative ways to promote and support inclusive fitness for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities in Central New York.

Keynote Speaker

James H. Rimmer, Ph.D.

James H. Rimmer, Ph.D, is a Professor in the School of Health Professions  and the first Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He currently serves as director of the UAB-­‐Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative and directs two federally funded centers, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability or NCHPAD, which has been funded by CDC since 1999, and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities or Rectech, which has been funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research since 2002. For over 30 years he has been developing and directing health promotion programs for people with disabilities aimed at reducing obesity, increasing physical activity and improving nutrition in youths, adults and seniors with disabilities. Since 1997 he has provided leadership in the development of interdisciplinary research programs in disability, physical activity and health promotion at the University of Illinois at Chicago and now at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He has received 20 consecutive years of federal funding and was recently appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Nutrition and Sports Science Board.

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