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  • APTA Member Logo Available for Download

    Here's a great way to enhance your connection to APTA: Use the official APTA member logo on your marketing communications.

    As an added member benefit, APTA's member logo now is available for members to use on promotional items such as office stationery, note pads, business cards, fliers and brochures, Web pages of the individual member or the member's company, print ads, and telephone book listings.

    Use of the association's member logo helps reinforce your individual commitment to the profession and to the principles and standards set forth in APTA's Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant.

    Examples of the appropriate use of APTA's member logo are outlined in the APTA Graphic Standards Manual available on the Use of APTA Logo Web page. Members can read the Terms of Use and download the logo.

    If you have questions about use of the logo, contact APTA's Public Relations Department at public-relations@apta.org or 800/999-2782 ext 3248.

    New NIH Fact Sheet Explains AIC Test to Diagnose Diabetes, Prediabetes

    A new resource from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explains the A1C test to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, and to monitor blood glucose levels of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

    The A1C Test and Diabetes fact sheet covers a wide range of information, including:

    • how the test works
    • other blood tests for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes
    • accuracy of blood tests
    • where to learn more about A1C tests in people with hemoglobin variants
    • A1C targets

    Originally, the A1C test had been recommended only for monitoring diabetes. But in 2009, an international committee of experts convened by the American Diabetes Association, International Diabetes Federation, and European Association for the Study of Diabetes recommended expanding the use of the test to include diagnosing type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Because the A1C test does not require fasting, experts hope more people will be checked for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

    The standard blood glucose tests for diagnosing type 2 diabetes and prediabetes—the fasting plasma glucose test and the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)—measure blood glucose in a person who has not eaten anything for at least 8 hours. The OGTT also measures blood glucose 2 hours after a person drinks a glucose-containing beverage. To confirm positive results, people should return on a different day to repeat the tests. The A1C test should also be repeated to confirm a diagnosis.

    Physical therapists who manage patients with diabetes can find APTA's Pocket Guide: Physical Fitness and Type 2 Diabetes on the Physical Fitness for Special Populations Web page. 

    Many Patients With RA Lack Motivation to Exercise

    Because 2 in 5 adults (42%) with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are inactive, public health initiatives need to address the lack of motivation to exercise and promote the benefits of physical activity in this population, say authors of an article published online in Arthritis Care & Research.

    The researchers analyzed data on 176 patients with RA, 18 years of age or older, enrolled in a randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of an intervention promoting physical activity. The team evaluated pre-intervention data for inactivity that was defined as no sustained 10-minute periods of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during a week. They also assessed the relationships between inactivity and modifiable risk factors, such as motivation for physical activity, obesity, and pain.

    Results show that 42% of RA patients were inactive—participating in no moderate-to-vigorous physical activity periods of at least 10 minutes during a 7-day period of objective activity monitoring. Researchers found that 53% of study participants lacked strong motivation for physical activity and 49% lacked strong beliefs in the benefits of physical activity. These 2 modifiable risk factors account for 65% of excess inactivity in this study group.

    While previous research relied on self-reported physical activity measures, the strength of the current study lies in the use of accelerometers—a device used to measure acceleration and movement—to objectively assess physical activity in participants, say the authors. 

    The National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases funded this study.

    Registration Open: 2012 Federal Advocacy Forum

    Be a part of this important time in the history of your profession and join your colleagues for the 2012 Federal Advocacy Forum April 22-24. At the event, you will hear from decision makers on Capitol Hill, learn to effectively communicate with your elected officials, receive an update on the legislative and regulatory issues affecting the physical therapy profession, and lobby your members of Congress on behalf of your profession.

    The programming for the 2012 Federal Advocacy Forum will begin April 22 with an evening reception. April 23 will be dedicated to advocacy programming and preparation for your hill visits. The event will conclude with the opportunity for you to take your message directly to your members of Congress April 24. 

    The number of CEUs earned for this event is pending. In order to claim CEU credit, you must attend the live event and complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy. The online posttest will be available on APTA's Learning Center by April 24.

    For a full agenda and more information about this event, visit the Federal Advocacy Forum Web page. APTA encourages you to get the word out to friends and colleagues and bring someone along with you. Register now and bring your voice to Capitol Hill on behalf of your profession. 

    This year's Federal Advocacy Forum will be held in conjunction with a larger event, APTA's Leadership Forum, which integrates APTA's Board of Directors meeting, the Leadership Symposium for New Component President and Executive Teams, and the Federal Advocacy Forum. Participation at other events is not required to attend the Federal Advocacy Forum.