Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Aquatic Physical Therapy Patients and Clients
Section: Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy
Session Code: AQ-1C-8326
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Capitol

Speaker(s):   Paula R. Geigle, PT, PhD
  Bess D. Maxwell, PT, PhD
  David M. Morris, PT, PhD
  Charlotte O. Norton, PT, DPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic

Due to increasing mortality and morbidity related to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer, physical therapy professional organizations worldwide are calling for physical therapists (PTs) to perform lifestyle behavior management during customary care, or health-focused care (HFC). The World Health Organization reported that NCDs are largely preventable through interventions that address lifestyle behaviors such as being overweight and physical inactivity. Since aquatic physical therapists tend to accept many clients with chronic health conditions and long-term disabilities, they are particularly well positioned to engage in this type of patient and client management. Unfortunately, many PTs do not practice HFC despite being well positioned to do so. Barriers cited by PTs for not performing HFC include low self-efficacy, limited time, and lack of counseling skills. Presenters will explore health consequences associated with unhealthy lifestyles, with an emphasis on physical inactivity and obesity, as well as benefits realized when adopting healthier behaviors. They also will address strategies and resources (some unique to aquatic PT practices) that assist physical therapy practitioners to promote healthy lifestyle change.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Provide a rationale for aquatic physical therapy practitioners to promote healthy lifestyle change during customary physical therapy care.

2. Discuss how physical inactivity and obesity affect health.

3. Discuss the framework for lifestyle behavior management provided by the Health Focused PT Care Model.

4. Use effective strategies and resources to promote healthy lifestyle change.

CEU: 0.2

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