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American Physical Therapy Association Named Science Partner to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Date:11/16/2007

PHOENIX, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) formally named the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as Science Partner on Friday, Nov 16, during APTA's "Preview 2020" conference, Nov 16-18 in Phoenix, Arizona.

"The President's Council recognizes and values APTA's commitment to elevating the application of science to physical therapist practice," said Melissa Johnson, executive director of PCPFS. "We look forward to working in close collaboration to improve the health, physical activity, and fitness levels of Americans of all ages and abilities." APTA and PCPFS will work together on the development and dissemination of strategies for promoting the value of physical fitness.

"This new partnership has great potential, and we are honored to be included in this prestigious group," said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, Ph.D. "As experts in movement and function, physical therapists help to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles," added Ward. APTA is the fifth organization to receive this designation and the largest organization to date.

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is an advisory committee of volunteer citizens who advise the president through the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services about physical activity, fitness, and sports in America. PCPFS supports the president's HealthierUS initiative, which encourages Americans to be physically active every day.

Preview 2020 is a clinical practice and practice management conference for physical therapists. The 21/2-day conference offers intensive clinical education opportunities in a variety of topic areas.

The American Physical Therapy Association (http://www.apta.org) is a national organization representing more than 73,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research. Consumers can access "Find a PT" to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as physical therapy news and information at http://www.apta.org/consumer.


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