The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Human Health and Movement (Kinesiology)

Date: July 19 - August 1, 2020

Program length: 2 weeks

The Human Health and Movement (Kinesiology) program is a two-week hands-on program that explores exercise science, health and fitness. This activity-based curriculum will introduce the concepts that students in the field of Kinesiology will need to master to become certified physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and fitness professionals. Participants will have short lecture sessions to introduce testing techniques such as blood pressure, body composition and flexibility and will then practice their skills with their peers. Student will complete their own health profiles and will have a personal trainer assist in designing and implementing an individualized exercise program that will help them achieve their fitness goals.

The format of the program is a few introductory lectures followed by several hands-on lab experiments that will provide student-centered team learning experiences. Some of the labs will include off-site locations were we can test different variables in the surrounding community.

The nutrition component of this program includes identifying foods that fuel the body for effective training and a potential creative cooking competition.

You will:

  • Gain a working knowledge of muscles and bones
  • Explore their fitness levels through testing
  • Develop a personalized fitness plan
  • Gain an understanding of training and mobility techniques
  • Identify current fitness trends and establish a practice for safe exercise
  • Experience nutrition through menu planning and healthy eating
  • Apply the principles of health and fitness to create a lifetime plan for healthy living
  • Understand the future pathway for education and career opportunities in the field of Kinesiology

Important Safety Information
Due to the physical activity involved in this program, students will be required to complete a medical health history and sign an additional “informed consent” form prior to attending this program. Participants under the age of 17 years old will need a parent signature for the informed consent.



Tom St. Laurent

Lecturer, Department of Kinesiology