SOURCE: Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis

Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis

March 03, 2010 15:30 ET

The Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis Launches the DVT Awareness in Motion National Education Program

Program Designed to Raise Awareness for DVT and Ways to Keep Your Body Active Everywhere

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) - Did you know that you could be doing damage to your body by simply sitting still? It's true: Many do not realize just how important it is to keep our bodies in motion. This March is the seventh annual Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month and to kick things off, the Coalition to Prevent DVT is introducing the DVT Awareness in Motion national education program. Working with Mary Ann Wilson, RN, founder and host of PBS program "Sit and Be Fit," the Coalition has developed an educational video that features simple, low-impact movements to help increase blood circulation. The best part is the movements featured in the video are tailored to settings where mobility is usually restricted, such as:

-- A hospital bed
-- The work place
-- Assisted living communities
-- Rehabilitation facilities
-- And during travel, where one can be still for hours at a time

This year's program goes beyond building traditional awareness of the signs and symptoms of DVT and emphasizes the importance of preventative care in these everyday settings. Through this program, you can use movement as one way to:

-- Raise awareness of DVT blood clots
-- Assess personal risk of developing a DVT
-- Encourage dialogue with a healthcare professional if at risk for DVT
-- Increase blood flow to help reduce the risk of DVT

How does DVT occur? When muscles of the legs are inactive, blood can collect in the lower extremities, increasing the risk for developing a DVT. On the other hand, when muscles of the legs are active, they help improve circulation by pushing blood back to the heart -- which is why simple exercise movements are vital! Although certain individuals may be at an increased risk for developing DVT, it can occur in almost anyone, so be sure to maintain regular mobility, sustaining proper blood circulation.

The educational video also features important medical information and personal DVT stories. One of the stories comes from Coalition to Prevent DVT National Spokesperson, Melanie Bloom, who shares her story about learning the news of the loss of her husband, NBC News correspondent David Bloom from complications of DVT while covering the war in Iraq. To watch a special iPSA from Melanie Bloom, speaking of the importance of DVT Awareness, please visit:

So in honor of DVT Awareness Month, get out there throughout the month of March, learn, share and motivate those you love to put DVT Awareness in Motion! Visit

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iPSA Video Featuring Melanie Bloom:

About the Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis: In February 2003, more than 60 organizations assembled at the Public Health Leadership Conference on Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in Washington, D.C. to discuss the urgent need to make DVT a major U.S. public health priority. As a result of this meeting, which was co-hosted by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and funded by sanofi-aventis, participants agreed to establish a Coalition of organizations committed to educating the public and healthcare community about DVT.

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