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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Staying Healthy on the Job

Published September 13, 2010 9:34 AM by Brian Ferrie

On the heels of Labor Day, a holiday dedicated to the achievements of American workers, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) kicked off its September "Workplace Wellness" initiative, noted a September 7 press release from the organization (http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Media&CONTENTID=75362&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm). Throughout the month of September, APTA's "Move Forward" campaign will focus on the prevention and treatment of workplace injuries.

The initiative will use social media to help office workers combat a sedentary day by providing exercises that can be done while sitting at a desk. APTA will also provide tips to the travel-weary on how correct body mechanics can promote safe and healthy travel. A YouTube video series will be released throughout the month, and educational resources will be provided through APTA's consumer Website, Twitter page and Facebook page. Workers have the opportunity to participate by "re-tweeting" tips and videos on Twitter or "liking" posts on Facebook.

"According to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 4.6 million workers were injured on the job in 2008," said Emilio J. Rouco, director of public relations for APTA. "A physical therapist not only plays a vital role in helping individuals recover from these injuries, but also equips consumers with tips on how to prevent them."

What do you think about this initiative by APTA and what advice do you offer desk workers to stay active during the day?

1 comments

This is a great start towards prevention and promoting health behaviours. I would like to see outreach beyond the APTA's already recognized sites. Why not a PSA on a major morning TV program such as Today, The Early Show, or G.M.A.? The people who will click in on the above mentioned sites probably already know about the APTA and the work of physical therapists. A PSA on a different venue will get the message out there, awaken the public to the preventative role PTs can play and increase awareness of PT and the APTA in general.

Dean Metz September 14, 2010 10:37 AM

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