Promotional Event: 2019 University of Iowa Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Educational Summit
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Obesity in the United States exceeds 35% of the adult population and costs society over 149 billion dollars annually. Iowa is currently ranked #4 in the country for obesity. We believe it will take bold leadership to overcome the factors that contribute to physical inactivity, obesity, and reduced health among citizens. We also believe that physical therapists are experts in the promotion and prescription of physical activity, exercise, and movement for people with and without injury, disease, and age-related impairments. The 2019 Iowa Educational Summit will consider the potential role that physical therapists may play in reversing rural Iowa's obesity epidemic. We have assembled an outstanding roster of presenters including rural health physical therapists, public health and community engagement leaders, academic and research leaders, and Iowa legislators. Attendees and presenters at the Summit will identify the major barriers to exercise-based health initiatives. Most importantly, they will offer solutions to move the citizens of Iowa to a healthier "state of well-being".