Sports & Fitness/Wellness

The Results Are In! Outcomes of the APPT Kids Fitness Challenge and Strategies to Promote Physical Activity for Youth

Friday, November 9
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Meeting Room 6 - Convention Center

This session will present the importance of physical activity for children with disabilities, recommended amounts of physical activity, risks, barriers and a means to set goals and motivate children by using personal fitness tracking devices. The strengths, challenges, and outcomes of the 2017-2018 Kids Fitness Challenge will be reviewed from reports of APPT members who participated. Additionally, the presenters will discuss the utilization of the COPPA-approved application the APPT used in their Kids Fitness Challenge that allows children to anonymously follow their peers and can help keep them motivated. Participants will have the opportunity to download this app as well as the Activity Club app for the member’s Fitness Challenge. They will leave with the knowledge necessary to translate the evidence, implement it in their practices and will also have the resources needed to optimize movement for lifelong participation for themselves and the children they serve. Note: You do not have to be a previous participant in the APPT Fitness Challenge nor the Kid’s Fitness Challenge to attend this course.

Learning Objectives:

Carissa Wengrovius, PT, DPT

PhD Student
University of Michigan

Carissa Wengrovius, PT, DPT is a PhD student in Movement Science at the University of Michigan. She earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and received her DPT degree from Regis University. She has worked in multiple pediatric settings including early intervention, school-based, and private practice. She is also certified in kids yoga instruction and commonly uses therapeutic yoga techniques in her practice. Carissa serves on the APPT PR Sub-committee. She was directly involved in organizing the "Fitness Challenge" at SoPAC 2016 and the "Kids Fitness Challenge" at APPTAC 2017.

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Donna Metzger, APPTAC PR Liaison

Retired from Jefferson County Public Schools as administrator and school-based PT after 30 years
Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY

Donna Metzger, PT served as the SOP PR Chair for 6 years and is the current APPTAC PR Liaison. She has been instrumental in planning PT Month activities and incorporating fitness activities into each APPT conference including attendees running in community races, triathlon for children with special needs, sending a family to our conferences and fitness activities during our conferences. These activities culminated with our Fitness Challenge at SoPAC 2016 and our Kids Fitness Challenge at APPTAC 2017. Donna was also the co-founder and president of Greater Louisville AMBUCS Chapter that provides adapted bikes to children with special needs.

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