Sunday, April 26, 2009

Gonig Green or Going Healthy

   The House of Delegates (Physical Therapy's highest governing body) has two pieces of legislation coming forward this year about environmental issues.  While good initiatives at heart, I believe they both miss the mark by not aiming higher.  The environment, be it built or natural, is inextricably linked to health and mobility.  As physical therapy is directly concerned with these two issues, PTs and PTAs must form a comprehensive, progressive stance on environmental health.  
    I will be the first to admit that by most standards, I'm as 'crunchy' as they come.  I dragged friends and family to An Inconvenient Truth and I ride a bicycle to work.  But when it comes to American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) policy, the language should not be about climate change.  Our focus would best be placed on asthma not ozone, and on obesity over emissions.    Our profession has unlimited potential to impact health not climate.  Therefore I hope to see the APTA develop a detailed position that puts us in the leadership role among health care providers advocating for healthy environments for the sake of supporting health.  To me, this means the APTA has a vested interest in everything from air quality to sidewalk quality.  
    In general I would say that New Professionals are aware of this issue more so than the general public.  However, I believe that we have an ethical obligation and huge opportunity to rally behind this cause.  It will undoubtably push us further along the path towards becoming preventative practitioners.  But more importantly, it will express to our clients that we care about their health as much as we are concerned about their injuries.  After all, health is contextual.  PTs must come to vigorously advocate for the context that best supports a kinesiophilic or movement loving existence.    

I have an as yet unfinished joke about "where the sidewalk ends..."  I'm not sure how to get there but the punch line is "diabetes."

        What do you think?  Can PTs frame "going green" as "going healthy?"  
            And can we do that at a national level?  


Sunday, April 12, 2009

NYC New Pro Mixer

Start Time:
Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 7:00pm
End Time:
Friday, April 24, 2009 at 1:00am
Place: Taj Lounge (
48 West 21st Street Between 5th and 6th Ave
New York, NY

New Professionals and Students of the world of Physical Therapy come together for this great event to get to know each other and have a good time. You work hard for your patients, now enjoy some time for yourself.
Time: Thursday, April 23rd @ 7:00pm
1.5 Hour Vodka Open Bar (7:00 - 8:30PM)

Along with great drinks, Taj has a great food menu.

Cover is $15 for anyone on "PT Networking" list (that would be all of you!)

Above is the Facebook invite info, let me know what you guys think. Because it was short notice I will be making it more open to other groups, but this is more a test run to see what kind of NYC motion we can get going with this group and take it from there.