How to Get Patients Active: Using Technology to Promote Health

presented by Dan White

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In this course, instructor Dr. Dan White provides a conceptual overview of the drivers of physical activity. Discover the multiple benefits of physical activity, and learn necessary skills to effectively prescribe a healthy active lifestyle for your patients. A thorough review of the technologies to promote a healthy lifestyle is detailed along with a step-by-step method to employ devices such as the Nike Fuel and Fitbit for patients. Lastly in a case study format, learn how to apply these principles to your patients to promote a healthy active lifestyle.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Dan White, PT, ScD

    Dan White, PT, ScD

    Daniel White, PT, Sc.D. is a graduate of Sargent College, Boston University, with an M.S. in Physical Therapy. He is a board certified Neurological Clinical Specialist and the Research Committee Vice President of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Currently, he is an Adjunct Scientist at Tufts University Medical Center, and a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University Daniel was awarded the Researcher of the Month in May of 2013 from the Foundation for Physical Therapy. His primary research interest is in the disablement process of older adults with musculoskeletal pathology. The specific focus of his research has been on factors associated with physical activity and functional limitation in older adults and people with knee osteoarthritis.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Epidemiology of Physical Activity in the US & Why is Physical Activity Important?

    1. Epidemiology of Physical Activity in the US & Why is Physical Activity Important?

    Identify the benefits and levels of physical activity among US adults. Discuss the recommendations for weekly physical activity from the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Finally, summarize evidence for impact of the built environment on physical activity.

  2. Trajectories of Functional Decline in Older Adults: More Evidence for Being Active Earlier

    2. Trajectories of Functional Decline in Older Adults: More Evidence for Being Active Earlier

    Identify levels of physical activity through the aging spectrum, and summarize evidence of functional decline in middle-aged adults. Discuss evidence supporting physical activity intervention in middle-aged adults

  3. How many Steps are Enough?

    3. How many Steps are Enough?

    Describe how common walking is employed as physical activity in the US. Discuss messaging to prescribe walking programs to older- and middle-aged adults and summarize methods to increase physical activity older- and middle-aged adults.

  4. Walking for Physical Activity:  Therapeutic Tools and Targets

    4. Walking for Physical Activity: Therapeutic Tools and Targets

    Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different types of off-the-shelf monitors, and discuss how long and where the monitors should be worn. Summarize the lecture portion of this course with a discussion of the stages of the change model

  5. Setting up an Attainable Physical Activity Program for your Patients

    5. Setting up an Attainable Physical Activity Program for your Patients

    In this final chapter, Dr. Dan White introduces two case studies that show how to apply the core principles taught throughout this course in the clinical environment. Time management and monitor choices are used as examples for how to discuss their importance to the everyday person in the clinic.