Established in 1980, the Center for Physical Activity and Health was originally designed as an outreach program that also served as a teaching/learning lab for student practicums and internships. Today, the center offers programming for a variety of populations, with an emphasis on the prevention and management of chronic diseases and conditions that benefit from physical activity.
UGA employees may also take part in the center's activities and programming, through individual or small group exercise sessions, getting one-on-one attention from a student trainer. The center is also home to the Department of Kinesiology's Disabilities Wellness class, which pairs students with members of the community who have disabilities, and trains the students to work with modified exercises to create a personalized fitness plan for their clients. Through this class, dozens of UGA students receive valuable hands-on training every semester.
With a broad definition of health, and a focus on wellness across the lifespan, the center also promotes interdisciplinary research and educational activities across the region, and partners with other UGA colleges, local medical entities, area schools, and public health organizations.