Interdisciplinary Fitness, Wellness, and Chronic Disease Management for Children
Section: Academy of Pediatric PT
Co-Section: Cardiopulmonary Section
Session Code: PD-1C-8288
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Room: Texas Salon E
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate
Physical therapists are uniquely positioned to intervene, inform, and collaborate on prevention, wellness, and fitness initiatives for children. Nearly 24 million children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese (33.0% boys and 30.4% girls). There is strong evidence that an epidemic of childhood obesity has led to a significant increase in the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors. The vascular endothelium is the primary site for CVD. Impaired endothelium occurs early in the development of CVD. Exercise, nutrition, and stress management play vital roles in reducing risk factors related to CVD. theless, nearly 10% - 15% of adolescents fail to meet recommended physical activity guidelines. This 2-hour educational session will focus on health promotion models, screening for cardiovascular risk factors, the role of exercise and nutrition in prevention of CVD, and the use of yoga and other forms of exercise for obesity management in children.
1. Discuss concepts of health promotion and wellness including role of physical activity, nutrition, and complementary and alternative methods.
2. Describe risk factors (eg: obesity, inactivity, genetics/hereditary) associated with CVD in children.
3. Discuss the role of exercise and nutrition interventions in CVD risk-prevention.
4. Examine the literature regarding the efficacy of yoga and other complimentary forms of exercise for stress management and health and wellness in the pediatric population.
5. Provide examples of university/community-based prevention and wellness programs for children and discuss role of PTs in such programs.
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