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Kinney Drugs Foudation Grant Presented to Clarkson University

Tony And Kinny Foundation

The Kinney Drugs Foundation has awarded Clarkson University a $5,000 grant for equipment to benefit the Physical Therapy Department Community Wellness Program.

As part of a course in the entry-level doctor of physical therapy curriculum, physical therapy students work collaboratively to design and implement effective community-based programs that promote wellness and health promotion concepts.

Currently, the students are working on four annual community wellness programs: “Building Better Bones,” an exercise-based class designed to battle decreased bone density, offered through the SOAR Program at SUNY Potsdam; “Prevention Training,” which provides sector-specific injury prevention training and resources for the St. Regis Nursing Home; the “Healthy Retirement Program,” which allows Clarkson students to offer guidelines and resources to the underserved 55-to-65-year-old demographic at the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Office for the Aging; and “Functional Movement Screen” (FMS) for Clarkson University athletes, which identifies individuals with elevated musculoskeletal risk and provides recommendations for corrective exercises and training provided to coaches and players.

The funds donated by the Kinney Drugs Foundation will be used to purchase research-quality activity monitors, which will greatly enhance the program by tracking steps taken each day, energy expenditure, metabolic equivalents, sleep quality, and time spent at various activity levels.

With these monitors, students will be able to track effectiveness of health improvement efforts for individuals who participate in their community wellness programs. The information from the activity monitors will also allow students to tailor their community wellness interventions to the individual participant.

The monitors will continue to be used in these programs in subsequent years to benefit students and community members.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise. 

Photo caption: The Kinney Drugs Foundation has awarded Clarkson University a $5,000 grant for equipment to benefit the Physical Therapy Department Community Wellness Program. Left to right: ProAct Vice President of Client Services David Schryver, President of Kinney Drugs Foundation Board & Vice President of Real Estate for Kinney Drugs David C. McClure, Clarkson President Tony Collins, Kinney Drugs Foundation Administrator Tracey Stoffel, and Associate Professor & Physical Therapy Chair George Fulk.