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Southern Miss Participates in National Therapeutic Recreation Month

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Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree delivers a proclamation declaring February 2012 as Therapeutic Recreation Month. (Submitted photo)

The Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation’s therapeutic recreation program received a proclamation from Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree on Feb. 7 declaring February 2012 as Therapeutic Recreation Month in Hattiesburg, Miss.

This began a month-long celebration at Southern Miss of the growing profession, of which faculty and students alike are spreading the word about therapeutic recreation and its benefit to the health care community.

“It was such an honor for the Therapeutic Recreation Program students and faculty to be recognized by Mayor DuPree,” said Dr. Mary Ann Aquadro, instructor of therapeutic recreation at Southern Miss. “The treatment and services provided by recreation therapists to improve and maintain the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional functioning of individuals facing life changing disease and disability are not well-known.

“We are making every effort to educate individuals at Southern Miss and in the community about the profession and the degree program which prepares individuals to enter the profession of Therapeutic Recreation.”

Aquadro points out that the profession is rewarding due to it promoting health and quality of life for the individuals served.

In attendance at the City Council Meeting for the proclamation presentation were therapeutic recreation students and faculty from The University of Southern Mississippi, as well as therapeutic recreation professionals from the Hattiesburg-area.

For more information, contact the College of Health at 601.266.5253 or health@usm.edu.