APTA Grant Award Announcement!

APTA Awards the 2016 Physical Activity, Exercise, and Health Promotion Grant to the Oregon Physical Therapy Association

APTA’s Clinical Practice Department has awarded the 2016 Physical Activity, Exercise, and Health Promotion grant for $10,000 to the Oregon Physical Therapy Association in support of project SOAR.  SOAR will give individuals with chronic medical or neurologic conditions an opportunity to experience and enjoy a variety of physical and community activities. Destination Rehab will be coordinating the event, located in Bend, Oregon.

SOAR, a large-scale, one-day event to promote fitness, wellness and community involvement, is affiliated with the 2017 Global PT Day of Service. Adults with a chronic medical condition, neurologic diagnosis, or other disability will be able to choose from a range of activity options to cover all interests, abilities, and fitness levels.  Activities include adapted cycling, adapted Pilates, hiking, adapted kayaking, High Desert Museum tour, Painting class and more. There is something for everyone!  Each participant will be able to choose a morning and afternoon activity.

Physical Therapists and other volunteers are invited to join the volunteer team!  Volunteers will gain visibility in the community, network with other PTs and medical professionals, learn about community-based programming, and contribute their unique skills and training to promoting healthy lifestyles.

SOAR was developed by OPTA member and Destination Rehab Executive Director Carol-Ann Nelson, PT, DPT.  It will be hosted in Bend and is open to individuals and their families who have been affected by a chronic medical or neurologic condition. Anyone throughout Oregon is invited to attend! 

For more information, visit http://www.destinationrehab.org/.