Physical therapists from every corner of the globe marked World Physical Therapy Day with leaflet campaigns, conferences, health testing, rallies, television coverage – and a wealth of colour, ideas and enthusiasm.
This year, WCPT provided a wide-ranging toolkit of materials for the day, including leaflets, posters, t-shirt and sticker designs and resource booklets. WCPT member organisations, physical therapy institutions and groups of individual physical therapists responded by downloading them in the hundreds, printing them out in the thousands – and making a significant impact on the public.
The materials this year revolved around the theme “Fit for life”. WCPT encouraged physical therapists to spread the message that inactivity causes disease, and people who stay active are more likely to keep working, engaging in and enjoying life without depending on others. The materials were available from June this year, but in August alone more than 4,000 people accessed material from the World PT Day section of the website, and more than 1,000 people downloaded the World PT Day guidance booklet.
“This year, WCPT really stepped up a gear with World PT Day, and physical therapists have responded wonderfully,” said WCPT Secretary General Brenda Myers. “We believe the end effect will be very positive for physical therapy globally, with increasing numbers of the public and policy makers understanding the positive impact that physical therapists can have on national and global health.”