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Benefits of Aquatic Exercise on Children and Adolescents with Obesity and a Disability

Course Description: 
Childhood obesity is one of the most critical and accelerating health challenges. Pediatric obesity is a international concern and physical therapists are able to help to decrease the risk. Children with special needs have a very high risk and incidence of obesity and pediatric physical therapists have a major role to play in addressing this. Research supports the aquatic medium as being beneficial to addressing pediatric obesity.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the correlation between obesity and children with disabilities.
  • Explain the current research on childhood obesity in special needs populations.
  • Discuss the benefits of the aquatic medium as an ideal intervention to address pediatric and adolescent obesity, especially for those with disabilities to promote sustainability of healthy lifestyles and reduce risk of secondary conditions.
  • Design specific activities and exercises to address childhood/adolescence obesity.

Note: CEU not applicable in AK, CA, CO, HI, LA, NJ, NM, NV
Note: CEU not pre-approved in the following states, but licensees may seek their own approval in AR, DE, FL