October is APTA’s national physical therapy month and part of bringing awareness to our profession is giving back to our communities during the annual “physical therapy day of service” (PT DOS). PT DOS (this year fell on October 10th, 2020) and the week before and after are dedicated to serving those in need and participating in local efforts to improve the lives and health of those around us! I love participating in these efforts because it feels unifying as a profession and it also allows me to give back to the communities that I am a part of outside of physical therapy.
If you know me, then you know that two causes dear to my heart are improving access to fresh (and locally grown!) fruits and vegetables and promoting stewardship of native trees and plants. Luckily, I had the opportunity to serve with two fantastic organizations that are supporting these efforts where I live: Wholesome Wave Georgia and Trees Atlanta.
If you are a physical therapist, student, physical therapy assistant or otherwise connected to the profession, I hope that you were able to serve during this time in ways that made your community and the people around you healthier and happier!
Leda and Wholesome Wave Georgia‘s Executive Director, Will Sellers
(Leda delivered meals for the 2020 Southern Chef’s Potluck virtual event, which raised over $63,000 for Wholesome Wave Georgia!)
Leda and other volunteers at Trees Atlanta‘s 2020 Annual Tree Sale