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#THIRDTHURSDAY: One PT Center's Approach to the Obesity Epidemic

Attend IPTA's Monthly Open House Event! The #THIRDTHURSDAY of Every Month!

When: Thursday, September 21st
Networking begins at 5:30 pm, Programs starts at 6:15 pm
Where: IPTA Chapter Office
905 N. Main Street
Naperville, Illinois  60563
United States
Presenter: Mary D. Rachford, PT
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff

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#THIRDTHURSDAY: One Physical Therapy Center's Approach to The Obesity Epidemic


We invite you to join us from 5:30 - 8 pm on Thursday, September 21st as Mary D. Rachford, PT shares her knowledge and expertise on "One Physical Therapy Center's Approach to the Obesity Epidemic".

Currently 1 in 3 adults and nearly 13 million children are obese in the United States.  This epidemic is leading to rises in blood pressure, strokes, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  There is research showing that obesity exacerbates pain, especially in the weight bearing joints, as well as affects balance which may lead to falls. Learn about how one center is offering a science based weight management system to promote a healthier lifestyle for their patients.  


What to expect: 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the TLS (Transitional Lifestyle Solutions) Program and the role a physical therapist can have in offering a weight loss program to patients.

  • Learn about the 4 factors in the TLS program: low glycemic index eating, exercise, science based supplementation and education.

  • Understand how a detox program can affect a patient’s pain level and hear case studies on a young athlete, a misdiagnosed MS patient and a post-op laminectomy patient all of whom have had success with TLS.

  • Learn how you can participate in the 21 Day Challenge to lose a few pounds or improve your energy.



About the Speaker

Mary D. Rachford, PT owner of FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers - Naperville Chairperson for FYZICAL's Longevity and Nutrition Committee and nutraMetrix TLS weightloss coach.  Mary earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Marquette University in 1988.  She established Naperville Physical Therapy in 1994 and has earned a reputation as having one of the premier outpatient centers in Naperville.  She is the Chairperson of the national FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers Nutrition and Longevity Committee this year and is a self taught nutrition nut (per her kids).




Can't attend in person?

This presentation will be available live at the Chapter Office or virtually via Zoom. If attending virtually, please indicate when you RSVP. 

You will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities. Plan to sign in at 6:00 pm and enter your name when prompted.

Follow the directions below and be ready for the program to begin at 6:15pm.

You will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities. 

Topic: #THIRDTHURSDAY: Obesity Epidemic
Time: Sep 21, 2017 6:15 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 463 413 1429

We would love to see you! Come and join us at the Chapter Office in Naperville for a night of networking, professional development, and discussions with other physical therapy professionals.
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Parking is available along Main St. (East of the building)

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Note to Nonmembers:  The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association, click here to join!


Effective beginning 2016, the IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).

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