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This October, the American Physical Therapy Association's National Physical Therapy Month to Focus on Nation's Obesity Epidemic
Date:10/22/2007

rn California. She works with partner schools surrounding the Health Sciences campus to recruit parents and children into the program. The Fit Families Program team meets with schools and parent groups to promote the program and provide education regarding the role of exercise and diet on the long-term health and fitness of their children. In honor of Physical Therapy Month, a health fair is being conducted in conjunction with the regular Saturday Fit Families session to showcase the program for the community.

Consumers can find information about the fight against obesity and about National Physical Therapy Month, whose theme is "Physical Therapy: The Science of Healing. The Art of Caring," by visiting APTA's consumer Web page at http://www.apta.org/consumer.

Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

The California Physical Therapy Association exists to educate the people of California as to the attributes, benefits and value of physical therapy; meet the physical therapy needs of the people of California through the development and improvement of physical therapy education, practice and research; meet the needs of the Chapter members through identification, coordinated action, communication and fellowship.

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