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October: focus on the physical

Harvest season’s arrival with the snap of cooler weather is a good time to assess our physical well being. October is Physical Therapy Month, celebrated on campus with an education fair, while ongoing events observe Disability Awareness Month.

The Physical Therapy Program provided information to students, faculty, and staff about walking programs, Body Mass Index, and risk factors for breast cancer and heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States for both men and women.

Diabetes assessment information was also provided. Why be concerned about your risk of Diabetes?

  • 18.2 million people have Diabetes
  • 210,000 people die from Diabetes each year
  • Diabetes leads to blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputations
  • Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, African Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Not everyone exhibits symptoms

For more information, contact the UTC Physical Therapy Department at (423) 425-4747, or email the department.

Congress has designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Office of Disability Employment Policy plans activities to increase the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. On campus, students are invited to participate in a variety of programs throughout the month.

Disability Awareness Month Activities

Friday, October 21
UC-Signal Mountain Room
12 noon-1 p.m.

Brown Bag Session about Hearing Impairments

Speaker Emily Frank will engage the participants in an experiential approach to learning about hearing impairments. Participants will be involved in activities to point out the varying levels of hearing loss.

Wednesday, October 26
UC-Lookout Mountain Room
12 noon- 1 p.m.

Brown Bag Session about Learning Disabilities

Speaker Dr. Jim Tucker will lead a discussion about the impact of living with an invisible disability. Participants will take an active role in discussing research based theories and tools.

Thursday, October 27
FAC 356
5-7:30 p.m.

A Night at the movies. We will be showing Nell.

Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains contrasted with urban ugliness. Jodie Foster is a young woman who has been brought up by her mother who suffered a stroke in the deep backwoods. She is found by a doctor after her mother has died but she is unable to speak except in a language known only to her mother. The doctor becomes her teacher; she becomes our teacher for this is another film in which those with learning difficulties/autism are associated with the natural, a life we have lost, and what might be good for us. A worthy film, worthy performances, Foster headed for an Oscar even if some might see the bones beneath the skin

The movie will begin promptly at 5:00 followed by a discussion about the portrayal of people with disabilities in this film.

Friday, October 28
Disability Awareness Fair
Vine Street

Booths will be set up for participants to learn through fun experiences about aspects of disabilities ranging from mobility to communication. There will be a disability obstacle course as well. Participants will enter into a drawing at each booth they visit for a grand prize drawing at the end of the day. Smaller door prizes will be given away throughout the fair.

Student Panel Discussion
UC-Lookout Mountain Room

If you ever wondered if people with hearing impairments hear in their dreams, or how a person in a wheelchair gets up Cardiac Hill, this panel is for you. Students of UTC that live with a disability will be on the panel to answer your questions. Please bring questions and get ready to learn.

Friday, October 31
1st Floor of Frist Hall
12 noon-2 p.m.

Office for Students with Disabilities Open House. Come trick or treating in Frist Hall. Learn about all the tricks we have for our students with disabilities and leave with a treat of your own.

October 21, 2005

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