June 19, 2014: With warmer weather and summer vacation here, parents are looking for ways to keep their children active over the summer. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and its Section on Pediatrics are encouraging the whole family to get involved in physical activity with its "Summer Fit Family Challenge."
The challenge includes a checklist of 15 summer activities that families can enjoy doing together, and helps families achieve the 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity recommended for children each day by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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In this episode, physical therapist Joe Schreiber, PT, PhD, PCS, discusses the benefits of activitiy for children, how the challenge works, and the rewards for participating.
Joe Schreiber, PT, PhD, PCS, is the president of the APTA's Section on Pediatrics. He has worked in a wide variety of pediatric clinical settings, including an outpatient setting where he collaborated with other staff in developing a fitness program for children with disabilities. He has been on the faculty in the entry level DPT program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh for the past 13 years, where is also responsible for teaching the pediatric content, which includes a strong emphasis on lifelong wellness and participation.