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Research continues to show the significant benefits of lifestyle changes on health.

Lifestyle changes, including increased physical activity, can lead to health benefits in those with chronic disease, prevent or manage a number of noncommunicable diseases, and lead to an increased quality of life.

If you are interested in this topic, engage with APTA's Health Promotion and Wellness Council.


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Falls Responsible for 90% of Injury-Related ED and Hospital Visits Among 65+

May 28, 2021 / Review

A new report from CDC highlights the need for more emphasis on falls prevention — including referrals for physical therapy.

Study: Leisure-Time Physical Activity Reduces Likelihood of LBP

May 3, 2021 / Review

Researchers from Brazil focused on leisure-time PA and how hours of sedentary behavior affected the PA-LBP relationship.

A Good Night's Sleep: PTs' Role in Patients' Sleep Health

Apr 22, 2021 / Feature

To fully heal and regain mobility, patients need quality sleep. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can help.

Physical Inactivity Linked to Higher Risk for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

Apr 26, 2021 / Review

A study of 48,440 patients finds that patients who were sedentary were more likely to experience hospitalization or death.

Researchers: Physical Inactivity Impacts a Host of Noncommunicable Diseases

Apr 12, 2021 / Review

A global study links significant percentages of dementia, depression, cancer, and stroke to insufficient PA.

APTA’s New ChoosePT Public Service Announcement Delivers the Movement Message

Feb 24, 2021 / News

The spot, to be distributed nationwide, is a call to increase physical activity—and seek PTs and PTAs to help improve and restore movement.

New APTA TV and Radio Spot Will Promote Physical Activity and Physical Therapy

Feb 17, 2021 / News

Member PTs should activate or update their Find a PT profiles before the upcoming launch.

Researchers: 1 in 3 People Worldwide Had a Condition That Rehab Could've Helped

Jan 5, 2021 / Review

A global study of disease burden finds a glaring need for rehab in primary care.

Physical Therapy and Sleep Health

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PTs and PTAs can play a unique role in addressing this major health factor.

Media Echoes Profession's Call for More Physical Activity

Oct 27, 2020 / Roundup

National Physical Therapy Month was just the beginning of our campaign to promote movement for overall health.