James Madison University
college of health and behavioral studies

Empowerment3 - Families | Professionals | Community

Empowerment3 (E3)

Center for Physical Activity and Wellness for the Underserved

About E3


We seek to empower individuals and their families, professionals (in-service and pre-service), and communities, using the vehicles of physical activity and mentorship.

What We Do

E3 conducts programming, research, training, and support to improve the physical and mental health as well as the quality of life, of underserved populations.

Who We Serve

E3’s health promotion efforts serve Individuals with disabilities, older adults, chronic conditions, refugees, at-risk youth, and many others.


E3 explores questions across participants, families, pre-service/in-service professionals, and communities. E.g., barriers to participation; improvements in physical and mental health, movement behaviors, and social determinants of health; knowledge and efficacy changes. We are open to other research interests and partners that enhance our ongoing work.

Opportunities within E3

E3 is excited to offer volunteer, fieldwork, and paid opportunities for 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Volunteer and Fieldwork
  • Student worker (part time)
  • Graduate assistants and Post Doctoral Fellowship. (link attached PDF)
  • Research and Interprofessional Partner

Enroll in an Upcoming Program

See our Spring 2023 Program Guide with lots of face to face and virtual options:


English Program Guide


Spanish Program Guide

E3 Programs

Overcoming Barriers

Weekly Physical Activity and Nutrition Mentorship Programs

Ages/Population: 2-99 Individuals with ANY Disability
Offerings: Fitness for All, Kidnastics, Community Exploration, Lets Ball, Dinner Club, etc.

OrthoAbility (New)

Ages/Population: 2-99; children and adults with physical disabilities across Virginia and Nationwide
Offerings: Face to Face or Virtual Weekly Mentorship, Activity Packet and Calendar for at-home activities

OrthoAbility Flyer


(Transforming Health through Relationships via In-Person and Virtual Environments)

Turning Homes into Physical Activity Spaces through Mentorship & Social Connection

Ages/Population: 2-99; Citizens of all ability levels w/ health (e.g. diabetes) and movement needs
Offerings: Asynchronous Activities, Virtual Programs/Events, and/or Face-to-Face Opportunities

THRIVE Participant Guide (PDF)
THRIVE Clinician/Service Provider Guide (PDF)
THRIVE Educator Guide (PDF)

Shenandoah Valley Inclusive Wellness Coalition

Building Community Capacity to Support Wellness for All

Ages/Population: Individuals w/ disabilities, families, wellness organizations, advocacy organizations
Offerings: Training, Technical Assistance, and Promotion of Member Organizations’ Opportunities

Ability First

Transforming Homes, Schools, and Communities (Rural and Statewide)

Capacity building support for community organizations

Ages/Population: 2-99; Individuals with I/DD, EBD and physical disabilities; older adults

  • NexJ Health- Virtual healthcare app along with a health coach – available to caregivers, older adults, and individuals with chronic conditions
  • Exercise Buddy - available for teachers and individuals/families to use at home; FREE 12-month subscription available
  • Ability First Events - These one time events will be offered at various locations across the state of Virginia