UAB SHP 2016 Annual Report: One School, Many Lives

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I Can Do It, You Can Do It

CHANGING LIVES The iconic 20th century mantra “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” has changed. The 21st century mantra is “I can.” and “You can.” and “We can.” And that change – of words and attitudes – is at the heart of a national program that was launched in Alabama by the Department of Physical Therapy.

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he President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition chose UAB to launch the I Can Do It, You Can Do It (ICDI YCDI) program. The initiative works with children and adults with disabilities to increase their physical fitness and improve their nutritious food choices. “We all know the lives of the people with disabilities we serve have changed for the better, but even more so, the lives of our students have changed forever because of their work with

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the ICDI YCDI program,” said David Morris, Ph.D., chair, Department of Physical Therapy. “Our students will enter the workforce already understanding that anything is possible with creativity, patience and team work. That is invaluable knowledge that will guide them toward success wherever they serve.” “If this program had a name for the impact it has on us, it would be called If I Can Do This, I Can Do Anything,” said Erica Mitchell, a second-year student