Physical Activity & Wellness

Exploring the connections between physical activity and health

Researchers at SHHS are exploring all the ways that physical activity can benefit people with orthopedic and neurological disorders—and prevent disease in currently healthy people.

Whether the topic is pain management or the benefits of exercise for certain populations, their efforts are helping to improve quality of life for people in our community and expanding our knowledge of what physical activity can do for our health.

Explore programs related to this research

Healthy Me fitness outcomes

This research assesses the feasibility of implementing fitness measures into a clinic-based lifestyle and wellness program serving adults aged 18 years and older in Indianapolis.

Researchers are also assessing whether it is appropriate to use these fitness measures for people younger than the population for which the battery of fitness tests was created.


Researchers in this area have access to a wide variety of clinics and laboratories, including the IU Health Comprehensive Pain Clinic, the Human Performance Laboratory at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, and various spaces within Coleman Hall, University Hospital, and the Van Nuys Medical Science Building.

Specific equipment includes:

  • Biodex System 3 isokinetic dynamometer
  • Biodex System 4 Pro isokinetic dynamometer
  • Eicom ENO-30 HPLC system for analysis of NO3- and NO2-
  • Ergoline ViaSprint 1500p electronically braked cycle ergometer
  • NiOX MINO portable breath NO analyzer
  • ParvoMedics TrueOne 2400 Metabolic Measurement System
  • Quinton Cardiac Science Q-Stress ECG system and TM-55 treadmill
  • Thermo Scientific Sorvall ST 8R refrigerated benchtop clinical centrifuge