Healthy Aging Program Initiative (H.A.P.I.) Lab

The Healthy Aging Program Initiative (H.A.P.I.) Lab is a health and wellness research lab that promotes happy, healthy and active lifestyles for people of all ages through wellness programming, screening and research. As part of its core mission, the H.A.P.I. Lab also empowers students through leadership training and wellness education. Students gain real-world experience conducting research, working with clients and planning programs that are held on campus and in the community.

H.A.P.I. Lab Mission

The Healthy Aging Program Initiative (H.A.P.I.) Lab is a health and wellness research lab that promotes happy, healthy and active lifestyles for people of all ages by providing wellness programming, screenings and research. As part of its core mission, the H.A.P.I. Lab also empowers students through leadership training and wellness education. Students gain real-world experience conducting research, working with clients and planning programs that are held on campus and in the greater community.

H.A.P.I. Lab Team

Every year the Healthy Aging Program Initiative Lab is operated by a team of UNC Asheville students participating in work-study programs, service learning projects, and research and internships under the direction of Faculty Director Dr. Kathie C. Garbe.

Meet This Year's Student Team

Primary Lab Staff

H.A.P.I. Lab Student Director: Stacie Smith ssmith14@unca.edu

Service Learning/Internships/Research Team

Shane Keeran, Tai Sanders, and Jeremy James

H.A.P.I. Lab Programs & Services

H.A.P.I. Lab activities are divided into four primary areas:

Wellness Programming

Community Outreach and Awareness: The H.A.P.I. Lab is dedicated to enhancing wellness education on campus as well as in the community by participating in existing health-related programs and events. We also produce a variety of special programs and events of our own targeting students, faculty/staff and the community at large, with the intent to raise awareness of the H.A.P.I. Lab and to promote happy, healthy living at any age.

Wellness Coaching: We offer on-site wellness coaching, balance and strength training to H.A.P.I. Lab clients, including one-on-one consultations and screenings with a student trainer to create an individualized personal wellness program to fit the client's goals. This coaching features hands-on instruction and access to state-of-the-art fitness equipment. This system creates customized programs for each client through a personalized smart-card system. The equipment uses air pressure to modify exercise resistance and tracks the user's progress automatically. The H.A.P.I. Lab offers a supportive, welcoming and noncompetitive environment that prioritizes the privacy and comfort of our clients.

Screenings

The H.A.P.I. Lab offers a variety of screenings, education and training programs for faculty, staff and community members. These include fall risk and balance screenings, fall prevention and balance training programs, fitness assessments and training programs and a variety of health education programs. The HAPI Lab also focuses on student training and research.

Research

The H.A.P.I. Lab functions as a center for student and faculty research, offering facilities, resources and support to support the advancement of knowledge and education in the area of health and wellness.

Student Leadership and Training

The H.A.P.I. Lab provides opportunities for student education, hands-on training and leadership in field of health and wellness through service learning, internships, and research projects.

Who Can Use the H.A.P.I. Lab

The H.A.P.I. Lab equipment, screenings and wellness coaching is currently available only to UNC Asheville faculty and staff as well as OLLI members, by appointment. In addition, students can access the lab for research or as a service learning site.

We are currently offering pilot programs to build a foundation for the lab. If interested in participating, please email hapi_lab@unca.edu for appointments or more information.

 

Resources and Benefits Breakdown

UNC Asheville Faculty & Staff/OLLI Members

  • Balance screenings
  • Personal Fitness Training
  • Access to State of the Art Low-Impact Fitness Equipment
  • Resource for Student Service Projects
  • Resource for Research
  • H.A.P.I. Lab Special Events

Students

  • Student Service Project Site
  • Student Internship Site
  • Research Resource
  • Certifications: Building Better Balance Screener, CPR, Personal Training
  • H.A.P.I. Lab Special Events

Location, Scheduling and Contact Information

The H.A.P.I. Lab is located on the UNC Asheville campus in room 349 in the Sherrill Center.The Sherrill Center is located at One University Heights, near Campus Drive, beside the Kimmel Arena. When you schedule your appointment you will receive a visitor parking pass to print out and place on your dashboard when you arrive. Please use the Visitor Parking spaces in the parking garage adjacent to the Sherrill Center.

You can request a visitor parking pass in advance when scheduling an appointment or call 828.251.6710 to register your vehicle with the university as a visitor when you arrive.

The entrance to the Sherrill Center is located near the back of the parking garage on the left.

Health and Wellness Department
Room 349 Sherrill Center
UNC Asheville
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804

To contact us for an orientation, to schedule an assessment appointment, or for more information, please email hapi_lab@unca.edu