Mestre Cobra MansaCapoeira: Improving Health and Promoting Inclusion

Capoiera is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. On April 12, 2019, UAB CEDHARS conducted a Capoeira lecture/workshop with one of the most renowned Capoeira masters in the world – Mestre Cobra Mansa, Ph.D., the president and founder of International Capoeira Angola Foundation. At the two-day event, which was free and open to the public, he shared his art and vision on how art and agriculture fosters inclusion.

Capo-Lugo has submitted an IRB protocol to use this art form as a tool to enhance resilience within communities color with chronic health conditions living in Alabama. If you are interested in learning more about the program and how you can support this work, please contact Carmen Capo-Lugo, Ph.D., at 205-996-1579 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


PT ICDI 01UAB PT students and AIDB Helen Keller School students

I Can Do It You Can Do It

In 2014, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy became the first in the state of Alabama to launch the national I Can Do It, You Can Do It (ICDI) program for health promotion for individuals with disabilities.

The PT program, housed in the UAB School of Health Professions, has partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition per the recommendation and encouragement of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Student Assembly.