CSP publishes ‘Fit for Work’

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) published recently a leaflet and poster, offering advice on staying fit and healthy in the office.

Employment plays a big part in keeping you healthy – just going out to work is good for you, both physically and mentally.

Many people spend a large proportion of their time at work. It’s common to feel too busy doing your job to take
the time to consider how it impacts on your health.

Office workers particularly spend hours sitting still and carrying out repetitive tasks. The human body isn’t designed for this; we’re supposed to be moving around, so all this time spent at a desk needs to be well managed.

This leaflet will show you how to incorporate enough physical activity into your day to help you stay fit and healthy for work, and how to avoid aches and pains in the office.

The leaflet and poster comes packed with lots of information and practical advice, which is worth investing in your health savings account. Click here to download the ‘Fit for Work’ leaflet or poster from the CSP website.

Physical therapy, physical activity and health

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy has prepared an information resource to help physical therapists inform others about their role and the health benefits they bring wherever in the world they work. Topics include:

  • Physical activity facts
  • Benefits of physical activity
  • How much physical activity is enough?
  • Sources on the WCPT website
  • Physical therapy and physical activity
  • Sleep
  • Physical activity and ageing
  • Physical activity and mental health
  • Campaigns
  • International professional organisations

Here is a snippet of trivia from the WCPT’s resource page:

How much physical activity is enough?

The World Health Organization recommends 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day for children aged 5-18. Moderate activity includes brisk walking and cycling. Vigorous activity is exercise that makes people huff and puff – and could include dancing and household chores, as well as sports like running and football.

Source: World Health Organization

Visit the WHO website for more information on physical activity and young people.

Adults (18-65 years old) should undertake:

30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days per week;
20 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity three days per week;
an equivalent combination of moderate/vigorous-intensity physical activity;
8-10 muscular strengthening exercises (8-12 repetitions) at least two days per week.
Older adults (65+) should undertake:

The same recommendations as described for adults (outlined above) but considering the intensity and type of physical activity appropriate for older people;
exercises to maintain flexibility;
balance exercises.

Source: World Health Organization

Having read the information from the WCPT resource page certainly made me re-assess the amount of physical activity I engage in each day. As they say, “if there is a will, there is a way,” so even if you are in your favorite Joe’s jeans or not, it doesn’t really matter, does it?

Seminar on The Fundamentals of Augmentative / Alternative Communication

Finding The Voice Within

As we wait for spoken language to develop, we can teach our children other means of communicating with us. As our children learn speech, we can help expand their language and utterances. Come learn about the Fundamentals of Augmentative / Alternative Communication.

Speaker: Terese Jimenez- Manalansan MA,CCC/SLP

When & Where
August 26, 2009 (Wednesday)
8:00am – 12:00nn
Auditorium 1, Lay Force Complex,
San Carlos Seminary, EDSA,
Guadalupe, Makati City, Philippines

Seminar Fee
P50.00 for Parents/Relatives of child with Down Syndrome
P150.00 for Professionals (inclusive of Certificate)

For registration, please e-mail the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc (DSAPI) at dsapi@hotmail.com or contact them at (632) 895-36-06 / 895-96-42 / (63915) 578-40-69.

Living Life to Its Fullest Podcasts

We’ve blogged before on AOTA’s podcasts and how you can use them for education on consumer health topics. For those not in the know, AOTA is releasing a new podcast every month which you can download to share with current or potential clients.

For 2009, these are the following podcasts available (in MP3 format) for download on the AOTA website.

  • Fall Prevention (January 2009) by Liz Peterson, clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Lynn Beattie, vice president of injury prevention at the National Council on Aging.
  • Low Vision (February 2009) by Mary Warren, an occupational therapist and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Linda Goodwin, an occupational therapist and an instructor in the Graduate Certificate program.
  • Brain Injury (March 2009) by Dr. Gordon Giles, a professor of occupational therapy at Samuel Merritt University, and Shawn Phipps, president of the Occupational Therapy Association of California.
  • Autism (April 2009) by Ellen Harrington-Kane, OT, MS, HSM, assistant vice president of autism and medical rehabilitation at Easter Seals, and Janie Scott, MA, OT/L, FAOTA, an occupational therapy and aging-in-place consultant and lecturer at Towson University.

You can also dig in the podcast archive and see if you have missed out on any important topic. Click here to access the list of podcasts available for download.

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