We are now looking for participants to join us in our 2022-2023 Employee Fitness Program!
If you are interested, please fill out the EFP Application and return it to EFP Director, Greg Spicer, as soon as possible.Availability in the program is on a first come, first served basis, although priority is given to first-time applicants. Applications for the program will be accepted starting August 15th.
Exercise and fitness testing takes place in November and includes blood pressure assessment, blood lipid and glucose assessment, mobility and flexibility tests, an electrocardiogram, and an exercise stress test. Exercise prescription is provided by senior students in the exercise science program throughout the spring semester to employees enrolled in the program (clients). Clients are expected to meet with their student exercise physiologist at least 1-2 times per week and will be prescribed at least 3-5 days of physical activity depending on individual medical and fitness histories and goals. Individuals who are passionate about improving their physical health are strongly encouraged to apply!
Facility hours and sign-up can be found on Picktime. The facility is scheduled to open on a full-time basis during the second week of classes
- If you have not signed our updated waiver, you will be asked to do so upon arrival.
- Please read our updated policies and procedures.
- The Employee Fitness Center follows the most up-to-date university face mask policy.
The UNH EFP originated in 1988. The UNH President’s Office designated start-up funds to the (then) Department of Physical Education’s Exercise Physiology Faculty to establish an exercise testing and training facility, which would be made available to interested benefits-eligible, apparently healthy faculty and staff. The Department purchased equipment for testing and training and hired a graduate student to run the program's day-to-day operations. The initial call for participants went out to all eligible faculty and staff. The response was overwhelming, with over 250 respondents. A lottery was held to select 100 participants. Since 1988, approximately 100 new participants have been tested annually. In 1995, the program was moved to the Field House Balcony, where it currently resides. To date, over 2,200 UNH faculty and staff have been tested and have used the facility on a regular basis.
The UNH EFP provides a real-world laboratory situation for graduate and undergraduate students in The Department of Kinesiology/Exercise Science. Students are actively involved in all aspects of fitness development and programming. Included are fitness testing, graded exercise testing, blood lipid assessment, pulmonary function testing, body composition testing, exercise prescription, personal training, program development, program marketing, data collection, and data tracking.
The exercise facility located in the Field House on the UNH-Durham campus is approximately 3,600 square feet in size. ;Exercise equipment includes True treadmills, StarTrac and Octane elliptical trainers, LifeFitness Exercise cycles (upright and recumbent), Schwinn AirDyne cycles, StairMaster step machines, Concept II rowers, Expresso (computerized) cycles, Nautilus strength stations, free weights and a variety of core and balance training equipment.
All faculty and staff are eligible to use the exercise facility, and although it is preferable that individuals enroll in the UNH Employee Fitness Program, it is not mandatory. Faculty and staff can use the exercise facility without enrolling in the UNH Employee Fitness Program.
Questions? Contact the Program Director:
University of New Hampshire
Department of Kinesiology
New Hampshire Hall #108C
124 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824