Barbados

The Barbados Physical Therapy Association (BPTA) celebrated World Physical Therapy Day with a week of activities. Celebrations began with a thanksgiving church service where President Dr. Nicola Yard made a short address in which she encouraged the congregation to move more.

"If there is only one thing you take away from what I say today it is that we want you as individuals to move more.I cannot begin to stress the importance of physical activity and the value it adds to the quality of your life." BPTA President Dr. Nicola Yard

Activities included a flash mob promoting simple physical activity movements, a community outreach engaging the elderly in an exercise session and a number of media appearances where the public was educated on the physical therapy profession as well as the importance of being physically active throughout life.  

The association also hosted a public lecture and panel discussion to discuss the topic Chronic Pain management and Adding Life to years through exercise. On World Physical Therapy day the physical therapy department of the public hospital and private physical therapy clinics hosted open days with the patients and interested persons being educated on physical therapy. A "I love Physiotherapy" selfie board was also used to promote the profession and was used to engage the public in making a pledge to be more physically active! Finally the association hosted a hike and social event for its physios. The week brought physios and many persons together for a week of fun and educational activities on physical activity.