Kids exercise at play during Physical Therapy Month

By Mellany Armstrong 2:21pm, October 17, 2013 - Updated 2:26pm, October 17, 2013
October is Physical Therapy Month and even kids with physical limitations are getting outside to play.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

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"I ran through the hoola hoops, and I had fun, and I played with the parachute."

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4-year-old Maeve plays alongside children in wheelchairs on the playground at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Daliney likes the bumpy slides.

"Exercise makes you big and strong and lets you learn," she said.

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Physical therapist Renee Donahoe says the day of play honors Michele Obama's 'Let's Move' initiative.

"We work on climbing, it's upper-body strength, it's aerobic training, it's all those things that kids need to be able to be successful in their life," she said.

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Kim Pierson is director of outpatient therapy services, and says playing outside is important for children with physical limitations.

"To be healthy, to socialize with their peers, to create relationships and to create hobbies and interests that will last them through the rest of their life," she said.

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4-year-old Sydney knows it's exercise, but it's also fun.

"I played tag and catch. I played with my friends," she said.

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