To celebrate World Physical Therapy Day 2012, the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation co-organised the World Physical Therapy Day Hong Kong Campaign on 8th September 2012. To tie in with the Movement for Health theme, activities included a free public health check, talks on the benefits of walking as an exercise, demonstration of warm-up and stretching exercises, and a workshop on Nordic walking and race walking.
The event was advertised in the local newspaper and about 120 persons from the general public attended, many of them were elderly persons who are keen to exercise in their daily lives. From the physiotherapy community, about 300 physiotherapists and students also came to help out as well as participate in the activity. The climax of the event came when all the participants started the historical walk round the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The walk was about one km and it served a dual purpose as the walking distance is also contributable to the overall walking record of the fund-raising event which will be held by the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation on 11th November 2012.
These activities promoted the physiotherapist as the ideal professional to promote, guide, prescribe and manage exercise activities for the general public. The organisations are looking forward to organising similar public education and health promotion activities after this very first memorable local kick-off event.