#SummerOfMove FreeTheYoke Campaign
We have a problem in the United States. Over 117 million adults are diagnosed with at least one chronic health condition, and as of 2015 one out of every two adults in the United States is diagnosed with a chronic disease. Seven out of ten deaths each year are attributed to chronic disease, and chronic disease is THE LEADING cause of death and disability. Chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity and arthritis are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems.
Additionally, one in two adults suffer from musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis, back and neck pain, chronic pain, and injury. That number jumps to 3 out of 4 adults over the age of 65.
Chronic disease is expensive. The annual costs for diabetes is $245 billion, $315.4 billion for heart disease and $796 billion for musculoskeletal diseases. 86% of all health care spending is for people with one or more chronic medical conditions- and in 2013 that was a total of 2.9 trillion dollars.
Chronic Disease is something that affects each and every one of us in one way or another and it is time for us to do something about it. And we can!
Introducing the FreeTheYoke Campaign #SummerOfMove
The word yoke is typically used to describe a wooden bar or frame that connects two animals together for carrying a load. We are a lot like oxen, slowly moving through life with the enormous burden of Chronic Disease weighing us down. The FreeTheYoke Campaign was created to help free ourselves, our friends and family and our community from the burden of Chronic Disease.
FreeTheYoke Campaign was started back in the summer of 2016 by Mike Eisenhart, PT who felt frustrated by the lack of action taken by the Physical Therapy community in prevention of chronic diseases.
As SPTs and SPTAs we are in the perfect position to help make a substantial change in the activity levels of our community. We learn about the importance of physical activity, we ourselves are physically active, we tell our patients to be physically active, but is that enough? I spoke on the phone with Mike Eisenhart about the FreeTheYoke Campaign and something he said resonated with me: “Our behaviors are a direct result of our beliefs. Our beliefs are a direct result of our attitudes towards our environment, the people in our environment and the world as we interact with it. By changing people’s attitudes towards being active, we can influence their behaviors and thus influence their risk of developing diseases” We need to start small but have large goals. If we create a community of physically active health care professionals on a social network where others can see, we can start to change the narrative. We can be the catalyst for physical health that we all along have wanted. We can show that being physically active isn’t a chore, it isn’t a fad, it is a part of our daily routine that we love doing.
So the goal for this summer is simple: get people moving and enjoying physical activity. It’s that simple. All we need from you is to sign up, stay active, log in those activity points, and spread the word.
There are two ways to get involved. You can sign up and go into the draft that will take place on May 27th, or you can become a Franchise Player where you will commit yourself to a team (preferably our team #MotionisLotion) and pay $20. The proceeds will go to the winning team’s charity of choice.
So this summer let’s do something great for ourselves and for our loved ones. Let’s move!
Draft Day: 5/27/17
For more information on the Campaign:
You can also contact me, Megan Mitchell at:
Phone: (609) 306-1286
You can find Mike Eisenhart, PT at:
Special thanks to Ali Hartman, SPT for the statistics