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  • Challenge Gets Families Moving Together

    For families looking for ways to stay active together, summer just got more challenging—in a fun way, that is. With prizes.

    APTA and its Section on Pediatrics are encouraging the whole family to get involved in physical activity with its "Summer Fit Family Challenge," a program that promotes shared physical activities that make the most of summer. Members are encouraged to share information on the program with patients, clients, and members of the community—as well as with their own families.

    The challenge? Families download a list of 15 fun physical activities, then try to do as many as possible over the summer. Activities range from fruit-picking at a local orchard, to finding a new lake or beach and taking a dip, to simply taking the time to explore a city on foot or bike. Families who take photos of themselves participating in the challenge can share their photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #FitFam14, and will be entered to win prizes.

    The contest will run from June 9 to September 1, 2014.

    "There is a summer activity to suit everyone," said Joseph Schreiber, PT, PhD, PCS, president of APTA's Section on Pediatrics in a news release. "Becoming fit as a family provides children a foundation for lifelong healthy habits."

    The Summer Fit Family Challenge is featured in Move Forward PT.com, the consumer-focused website that helps the public better understand the value of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

    "Part of being a pediatric physical therapist is working not only with a child, but with the whole family," said Schreiber. "Physical therapists are a family's ally in motion."

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