WHY NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH Is Important
n 1981, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) designated the first National Physical Therapy Week. A decade later, they expanded it to include the entire month of October. The goal of the monthlong celebration is to raise awareness of the important role that physical therapists and their assistants play in helping people decrease pain, improve mobility, and engage in healthy lifestyles. Why the upgrade to an entire month? People in the health industry agreed that a greater emphasis on physical therapy was needed. Today, in a society where surgery is too often used and people are heavily medicated and often opioid-addicted, awareness of the natural benefits of physical therapy is more important than ever. Americans’ increased use of prescription opioids for pain management inspired the APTA to adopt the hashtag #ChoosePT to emphasize what a valuable alternative it is to surgery and pills. And it isn’t just us: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge prescribers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of better treatment. Our nation’s use of opioids has also been called a national health crisis.
Here are some ways to get involved:
• Follow Cornerstone Physical Therapy on social media and share articles you like with your friends.
• Post on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest) about your physical therapy experience. (Remember to use the hashtag #ChoosePT!)
Thanks for helping us celebrate National Physical Therapy Month!
• Get educated! Visit apta.org to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy.
REFRIED BEAN POBLANOS WITH CHEESE
This vegetarian meal comes together in less than 15 minutes. It’s the perfect way to avoid takeout on a busy weeknight.
• 4 medium poblano chilies, halved and seeded
• 1 (16-ounce) can fat-free refried beans • 1 (8.8-ounce) pouch microwaveable cooked long-grain rice • ½ cup picante sauce
1 cup (4 ounces) pre-shredded reduced- fat 4-cheese Mexican blend
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
3. Uncover chilies, sprinkle each half with 2 tablespoons cheese, and microwave on high 1–2 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.
1. Place chili halves, cut sides up, on a round microwave-safe plate. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 3 minutes. 2. While chilies cook, combine beans, rice,
and picante sauce in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spoon bean mixture into chili halves. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 2 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of CookingLight.com.
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