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  • Get Ready for National Physical Therapy Month!

    With National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) coming in October, now's a perfect time to begin making plans to celebrate the profession and increase understanding of how physical therapy can transform society.

    Visit the APTA NPTM webpage for everything you need to create your own NPTM activities. Resources include the 2014 NPTM logo, fact sheet, event planning guide, sample news releases and proclamations, and much more. Even more resources can be found at MoveForwardPT.com, APTA’s official consumer information website.

    NPTM is a great opportunity to give communities a "hands on" experience of physical therapy by demonstrating what physical therapists and physical therapist assistants really do, and how the profession keeps people fit, active, healthy, and mobile.

    This year's APTA focus: a public education campaign to debunk 7 of the most common myths about physical therapy, set to launch during the second week of October. Stay tuned to learn how you can participate!

    National Physical Activity Plan Seeks Input on Revisions

    APTA members have an opportunity to contribute to the first-ever revision of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), a high-profile effort to create a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population.

    The NPAP Alliance has released an online survey that it will use to guide changes to the plan, which was released in 2010. The Alliance is particularly interested in views on how Americans' physical activity levels can be increased, what strategies could be effective in this promotion, and how the success of the NPAP can be ensured. Deadline for responses is October 31.

    Respondents can comment on and rate strategies in 8 areas: business; education; health care; mass media; parks, recreation, fitness, and sports; public health; transportation, land use, and community design; and volunteers and nonprofits.

    APTA is a member of the NPAP Alliance board of directors.

    Survey tip: the survey form includes many optional "free text" opportunities—if you prefer you can leave any or all free text areas blank.