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Blog post written by: Donna B Bainbridge, PT, EdD, ATC; James Michael Gleason, PT, MS; and Victoria S T Tilley, PT, GCS

People with intellectual disability are at risk for poorer health and earlier death than the general population. People with intellectual disability may have more difficulty understanding advertisements and media messages intended to enhance or promote health, and they often depend on family or caregivers to provide support and guidance in daily decision making.…

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National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed on the first day of fall (today!) to increase public awareness and promote activities to reduce falls among older adults. This year’s awareness day is themed “Standing Together to Prevent Falls,” and 46 states are planning to participate. National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is just one example of the tremendous work over 70 professional organizations, including APTA, federal agencies, and 42 state falls prevention coalitions have done through the Falls Free Initiative.…

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Making an Impact through Information  

Consumer tools developed for members to share with their patients are an effective way to promote the benefits of physical activity. Providing members with downloadable and customizable consumer handouts on topics related to physical activity is an efficient, cost-effective way to help members get the word out in their communities.…

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The American Physical Therapy Association Section on Geriatrics held a 3-day conference in July 2010 on the campus of the University of Indianapolis to promote the application of research on benefits of exercise for older adults into clinical practice. Both the content format and the unique meeting planning create a model that may be useful to other organizations planning an education offering on the value of physical activity.…

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With the recent activities of the American Public Health Association’s “Safety is No Accident: Live Injury-free” campaign during the week of April 4-10, we would like to continue to raise awareness about falls prevention. Falls are a major health concern among older adults. More than one-third of older adults fall each year, and fall rates increase with advancing age.…

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Physical inactivity is a leading cause of death in the U.S. due to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.  Physical activity is critical in the prevention of the detrimental effects of aging, obesity (33 to 35% of the US adult population), and chronic illnesses.  The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, has also documented the importance of physical activity in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of diseases  . …

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Montefiore Medical Center Physical Therapy Department promoted physical activity by sponsoring a two-mile run/walk to benefit B’N Fit, a Montefiore program that teaches teens how to adopt healthy, physically active lifestyles.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 68% of adults over the age of 20 are either overweight or obese. …

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A frequently forgotten segment of our community are the public servants who keep our cities running well and safely.  If we don’t hear from them we assume everything is okay.  But if they aren’t functioning well our cities and our safety may suffer. What better place to start building a healthier community than by helping those who help us, our public servants?…

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The home and community environment can set the tone for a healthy lifestyle for children and adolescents. This is particularly true in the area of physical activity. Parents and caregivers can be role models in their levels of activity and also support community activities that encourage regular physical activity and make it fun.…

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The benefits of physical activity are well documented and participation in regular physical activity can prevent or reduce the risk of numerous diseases and health conditions. In addition, physical activity has been shown to improve a person’s function and allow him or her to better participate in their chosen life roles.…