Hi there, PT with a blog, Facebook, or Twitter account! Looking for some human interest stories to share with your patient base this week? Here are some ideas for this week.

How do Finland and its Nordic neighbors continually rank among the most physically active European countries? Perhaps it’s the 30,000 sports facilities–more per capita than any other country in the world. NPR reported on Finnish sports culture in How Finns Make Sports Part of Everyday Life, and personally, I’m kind of jealous that Finns have such open access to gyms, sports teams, and recreation time–even while working. Each year, Finnish employers spend an average of 200 euros (or $220 USD) per employee for physical fitness. In return, those employers get a tax break, but the biggest return on their investment may be employee productivity and retention.

“We have a lot of research showing that investing in work well-being will bring back as much as six times” the money invested, says Matleena Livson of the Finnish Sports Confederation. “Because you reduce sick leaves, you improve the cohesiveness and good spirit, and you improve employer image at the workplace.” Now that’s a concept I think a lot of PTs already understand. We’ll just have to wait for the rest of the country to catch up.

Here’s a feel-good story: last Saturday morning at the Special Olympics games in Los Angeles, some fans held an impromptu fundraiser to buy the Haitian soccer team new cleats when their equipment was sent to the wrong venue. Long live the beautiful game.

The Special Olympics World Games are happening now in LA and will run until August 2nd. Image via

The Special Olympics World Games are happening now in LA and will run until August 2nd. Image via la2015.org.

Want to stay up to date with the Special Olympics World Games this week? Follow @SpecialOlympics, @LA2015, #LetsChangetheGame & #ReachUpLA on Twitter. The games started July 25th and will continue until August 2nd.
Pack it light, wear it right. Spread the word about #backpack safety.
It’s almost back to school time! August is a great month to share backpack safety tips with your student-parent patient population. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) produced a handy packet for use in clinic called the 1,2,3’s of Basic Backpack Wearing, available here.
Over the last few years, prehabilitation, or “prehab”, has been more commonly prescribed before orthopedic operations or cardiac procedures. Now there’s growing interest in using prehab in cancer care to prepare for treatment and minimize some of the long-term physical impairments that often result from treatment, such as heart and balance problems. Kaiser Health News reported on some early research suggesting that prehab may improve people’s ability to tolerate cancer treatment and return to normal physical functioning more quickly. Physical therapists are in a perfect position to help spread the word to their communities about prehab and the importance of safe exercise while undergoing treatment.
Until next week, happy sharing!

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