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About House Resolution 850
Illinois House Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D) took time this winter to find out more about careers in physical therapy. She was impressed. She was also concerned that high school students did not have access to enough information and exposure to this health care career choice.  Working with the Illinois Physical Therapy Association, she passed a resolution to promote PT careers to high school students in Illinois. We thank Representative Chapa LaVia for her great work and we look forward to working with her to encourage schools and clinics across the state to work together to educate students and their families on the value of physical therapy and the opportunity to enter in to a growing and valued health care profession.

If you are interested in getting involved in this initiative, contact the Chapter office at 630.904.0101 or (full text of resolution below)

PROPOSED HOUSE RESOLUTION 850 WHEREAS, Exercise and physical activity can not only add years to one's total life, but increase the number of years that the person is healthy;

and WHEREAS, Physical therapists are experts in knowing how the body works and are able to design personalized treatment plans to reduce the risk of injury, whether in everyday activities or sports;

and  WHEREAS, Active lifestyles and preventive medicine are integral parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and WHEREAS, There is a rising demand for such services; employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 39% in the next 10 years, resulting in the need for over 70,000 more physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to provide care;

and WHEREAS, Young adults are seeking opportunities to explore careers in a growing health care profession; therefore, be it RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY-EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we designate the second week of October in 2014 as a Shadow Week for High School Students that are interested in learning about a career in physical therapy;

and be it further RESOLVED, That we support the events coordinated by the Illinois Physical Therapy Association working with secondary school systems and local clinics that give students the opportunity to observe in physical therapy practices throughout the State;

and be it further RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be made available to secondary school superintendents, principals, and guidance counselors throughout the State of Illinois.

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