Health Promotion & Exercise Sciences

Community Outreach

The Bariatric Experience in Ethnic Minorities: A qualitative study  – Click here for more information

Currently recruiting for small study exploring the individual perception, expectations, beliefs, and experience of minority patients that have undergone bariatric surgery in semi-structured interview settings.

In exploring these personal accounts of the surgery experience, the goal of this research is to provide new awareness and a richer picture of post-surgical life to shine light on potential reasons non-Hispanic black adults and Hispanic adults are not experiencing the same levels of excess weight loss and rates of weight maintenance compared with the Caucasian adult population.

Contact: Dr. Ethan K Balk,



Ability Beyond & Constructive Partnerships Unlimited Hudson Valley

Members from Ability Beyond and Constructive Partnerships Unlimited Hudson Valley come to the WCSU campus to engage in 50 minutes of resistance training. This program is directed by Dr. Jeff Schlicht, who is assisted by HPX student instructors and volunteers participating in experiential learning as they work with adults with disabilities.




Exercise is MedicineTM on Campus Exercise Counseling Program

The HPX department, in partnership with Health Services, Counseling Services, and Recreation, offer FREE exercise counseling for faculty, staff and students. Contact Dr. Jeff Schlicht via email at or call 203.837.8687 for more information.






Practical Strength Training for Older Adults: A SilverSneakers Flex Program

Classes meet three days a week, T/Th/F from 8-9 a.m. in the Berkshire Gym. The program is FREE for SilverSneakers members and WCSU students, faculty and staff 60 years and older. The cost to the general public is $3.00 per class. Students are encouraged to attend at least twice a week, Tuesday + Thursday or Friday. Payment is made on a quarterly basis, and new participants will have their quarterly dues prorated.

Enrollment is always open so come join us today!
Contact Dr. Jeff Schlicht via email at or call 203.837.8612 for more information. Free parking is available in the White Street garage for our off-campus participants.



Western Connection Program

Health Education Candidates partner, one on one, with Western Connection students to plan, implement, and assess health goals and objectives.  For more information on Western Connection, go HERE.