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  • Cardiovascular and Stroke Research: Physical Activity Has 'Significant Value'

    Lifestyle factors, including physical activity, make a difference in improving and controlling cardiovascular risks, according to a list of the top advances in cardiovascular and stroke research in 2011 by the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA). 

    "Multiple new studies this past year supported the importance of lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity in improving and controlling cardiovascular risks," says AHA/ASA. "These findings are especially important given that 39% of Americans believe they are in ideal cardiovascular health when in reality less than 1% are."

    Since 1996, AHA/ASA has compiled an annual list of the major advances in heart disease and stroke. Other 2011 advances include congenital heart disease, genetics/personalized medicine, new drugs and treatment for atrial fibrillation, and improved systems of care to deliver faster care for heart attack and stroke.

    Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award, Public Service Award Applications Due February 27

    The Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award is presented annually to an active APTA member who has made significant individual contributions to APTA's Federal Government Affairs efforts and has shown exemplary leadership in furthering the association's objectives in the federal arena. The Public Service Award is presented annually to 1 or more individuals who have demonstrated unique support for the physical therapy profession at a national level. Individuals from the following categories are eligible for nomination: members of Congress/Congressional staff members; members of a state legislature; federal agency officials; health/legislative association staff; and celebrities or other public figures. APTA's Board of Directors will choose award recipients in March. Award presentations will be held at the Federal Government Affairs Forum in Washington, DC. 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. Submit nominations by February 27 to Angela Boyd or fax to 703/706-8519. If you need a nomination form or have questions, call Angela Boyd at 800/999-2782, ext 3256.

    Call for Applications: Health Care Reform Champions of Change

    The White House Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country that represent projects and initiatives that move their communities forward. In celebration of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed nearly 2 years ago, the program is seeking recommendations of individuals and organizations that are educating others about the new health care law to raise awareness about the benefits of ACA.

    If you know a "health care reform champion" who is educating the community about the new health care law and helping people take advantage of the benefits from the law, nominate him or her to the program by midnight February 16.

    World Physical Therapy 2011 Sessions Available Online

    If you couldn't attend World Physical Therapy 2011 or didn't get to all the presentations, you now can watch and listen to key sessions from the congress. As part of its continued efforts to facilitate information exchange across the profession, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is offering 4 discussion panels and 8 focused symposia free of charge. Discussion panels include a video recording of the session with an option to download PowerPoint presentations. Focused symposia include a full audio recording with accompanying PowerPoint slides.