“Occupational therapists are in a great position to promote physical activity as they treat their older adult patients,” said Pamela Toto, OT, PhD(c). She completed a study using the Thera-Band® First Step to Active Health® on a group of older adults living in a low-income high rise building. 19 occupational therapy patients participated in the 10-week group exercise program. The First Step to Active Health program is a well-rounded program including Thera-Band resistance training, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular activities. After 10 weeks, the older adults significantly improved in functional fitness and physical activity levels. Toto’s research adds to the growing evidence that supports the First Step program. She presented her results at the 2010 Thera-Band Research Advisory Committee meeting.

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