Health Promotion Laboratory
Research programs in the Health Promotion Laboratory focus on both worksite and community health promotion interventions.
The ultimate goal of worksite health promotion is to create a culture that value and meets both individual and organizational needs for health improvement. Companies receive many benefits after implementing a worksite wellness program in addition to reducing costs. These include increases in employee morale, improved employee health, reduction in workers compensation claims, reductions in absenteeism, and increases in productivity. More than 87.5% of health care claims costs are due to an individual’s lifestyle that could be addressed by implementation of worksite health promotion programs.
Community health promotion programs provide a variety of interventions that result in the education, behavioral modifications and mobilization of an interdependent community group. Empowerment is the core of the community health promotion programs. The goal is to resolve health issues that affect the aggregate group through skill training, group process, mass media, environmental change as well as advocacy, legislative and policy changes.
Functional Performance Laboratory
Research programs in the Functional Performance laboratory focuses on biomechanics (kinematics and kinetics) of movement science in able bodied and people with neurological disorders. The Functional Performance Laboratory is equipped with video motion capture system, electromyography system, and force plates to collect kinetics and kinematics data during different activities. The lab is also equipped with FES- Induced cycle ergometer, functional electrical stimulation systems, reclined cycle ergometer, impedance measurement system, physiological measuring systems and sufficient software and computers for data collection.
- Faghri, PD. Electronic Muscle Pump (EMP) (sole inventor). US 6,959,216 B2 Oct. 25, 2005
- Faghri, PD & Trumbower RT. Real-time detection of electrical stimulation parameters during FES-induced applications-Real-STIM (Pending), 2004
Educational Toolkits & Application Softwares
- Worksite Health Promotion Resource Manual and Toolkit for small to midsize companies, 2004
- Worksite Health Promotion Resource Manual and Toolkit for State of Connecticut agencies, 2005
- Lifestyle change program resource manual and informational tool
- Developed a website with specific information for worksite health promotion programming (ConnectiFIT Website)