On the heels of a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that stresses the importance of physical activity in the lives of people with disabilities, the agency is offering a webinar to help health care providers learn how to effectively deliver this information to patients—and part of that learning will include a physical therapist's perspective.
The free program, titled "More adults with disabilities need physical activity – how can health professionals help?" will feature panelists from the US Public Health Service; the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability; the Exercise is Medicine Program; the Special Olympics; Paralympics; the Amputee Coalition; and APTA by way of Lisa Culver, PT, DPT, MBA, senior specialist in clinical practice for the association.
The 1-hour program will begin at 2:00 pm ET on May 20. Participants can register online.
The program is being provided as a follow-up to a recent CDC report asserting that adults with disabilities who are inactive are at a 50% higher risk of developing chronic disease than adults with disabilities who engage in 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity per week. The study found that these individuals are 82% more likely to become active if appropriate activity is recommended by their health care providers.
The webinar is being jointly sponsored by the CDC and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
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