Ashok & Rita Patel Institute of Physiotherapy (ARIP), a constituent of CHARUSAT celebrated World Physiotherapy Day on 8th of September, 2017 to spread awareness about physical activity and fitness among individuals of all ages.

The theme of this year is Physical Activity for Life. ARIP celebrated World Physiotherapy Day by organising various in-campus and off-campus activities including an AEROZUMBA, Physical activity awareness talks, physical activity challenges, and exercise sessions for hospital in-patients, patients family and hospital staffs.

AEROZUMBA was organized in the CHARUSAT campus where 140 individuals including students and facultiesacross the University participated. Faculties and students of ARIP visited schools in the district of Anand and organised physical activity awareness talks, fitness and exer-games in DZ Schools, Anand and in Shri B. A. Patel High School, Changa, where more than 600 students participated.Physiotherapy screening and a general exercise session was also organised at Anand Dham Old age home, Lambhvel in collaboration with the NSS Unit, ARIP.

Physical activity awareness programs were organized at various hospitals and clinics including Santram Physiotherapy Center, Nadiad; Shivam Hospital, Nadiad; Sanjay Hospital, Nadiad; DDMM heart Hospital, Nadiad; Mahagujarat Hospital, Nadiad; Lakwa Kendra, Demol; C.G. General Hospital, Uttarsanda; Anand General Hospital, Anand; Vihar Hospital, Anand; Jeevandeep Hospital, Anand; Charusat Hospital Physiotherapy OPD, Changa; and in various departments of ARIP OPD, Changa.

A Physiotherapy Model Exhibition was also organized showcasing the creativity in assembling and fabricating various assessment and treatment devices. The honourable Provost of CHARUSAT, Dr. B. G. Patel and Dr. M. C. Patel, Secretary, Kelavani Mandal, inaugurated the Model Exhibition along with Ashok Patel, Advisor, CHARUSAT and Dr. M. Balaganapathy, Principal In-charge, ARIP.

A total of 29 models were showcased in the exhibition. The model exhibition was followed by a physical fitness challenge for the faculties and students of ARIP. A total of 52 activities comprising of strength, power, balance and coordination activities were included in the fitness challenge and performed by 300 participants in various sub-groups. The celebration of World Physiotherapy Day was concluded with prizes distribution to the winners of the model exhibition and fitness challenge, and aiming to continue physical activity throughout their life.

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