Orthopaedic surgeons help keep the world in motion through the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has been a leader in promoting healthy bone and joint behaviors and lifestyle choices with campaigns like A Nation in Motion®, Safe and Accessible Playground Build, Decide to Drive, #DigitalDeadwalkers, Prevent Injuries America!®, public service ad campaigns, and many more.
But, one in five children in the U.S. has obesity. Those children have an 80 percent chance of becoming an adult with obesity. Obesity and nutrition choices greatly impact the musculoskeletal system, and can lead to soft-tissue damage and osteoarthritis, among other life-long health conditions. So, it’s important to get up, get out and get moving!
What is Communities in Motion?
Communities in Motion: The Event—an extension of the AAOS’ A Nation in Motion® campaign—is a fun and interactive event. The Academy piloted the event during its 2017 Annual Meeting to help empower a San Diego community to take ownership of their own bone and joint health. “Team Docs”—a combination of orthopaedic surgeons, and health and fitness experts—engaged and educated event participants about the importance of exercise and movement, and the correlation between nutrition and healthy eating behaviors; showed them that exercise and fun are not mutually exclusive; and, demonstrated that orthopaedic surgeons do help keep the world in motion through the prevention and treatment of bone and joint conditions.
View hundreds of photos from the 2017 Communities in Motion event.
The event features a series of exercise-based challenge stations (i.e., cardio & aerobic, core strengthening, flexibilty & balance, upper body, and lower body). Instead of telling people what they could do to prevent injuries and improve their bone and joint health, Communities in Motion is an opportunity for us to show people of all ages, how to have fun and exercise together to build strong bones for life. Team Docs also demonstrate different exercises participants could do on-site as well as adapt for at-home sessions.
Who does Communities in Motion impact?
More than 100 local kids and adults participated in the interactive, pilot community event that featured five bone and joint health-friendly exercise stations. Additional AAOS volunteers came out to help support the event and contributed to beautification efforts around the event site.
Participants interacted with and completed stations to “earn” swag bags filled with free portable exercise equipment to take home, educational pamphlets/materials to help guide them post-event, and information on additional online bone and joint health resources.
How can you be a part of Communities in Motion?
Communities in Motion: The Event is made possible, thanks to generous donors like you! Want to make a financial donation in support of the 2018 Communities in Motion event in New Orleans?
Contact us to learn about the different levels of giving, and how the Academy plans to recognize your generous contribution.
Director, Public Relations
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Digital, Public & Media Relations Strategist
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Or, pledge your financial support for the event here:
The 2017 Communities in Motion event, in partnership with SDYS, was made possible, thanks to the generous donations from:
- Zimmer Biomet
- DePuy Synthes
- Dr. Alan & Gittel Hilibrand
- Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
- Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery
- Dr. Thomas E. & Paula A. Daniel
- Foundation for Orthopedic Trauma
- Aesculap, Inc.
- Bonutti Technologies
- Orchid Orthopedic Solutions
- Association of Residency Coordinators in Orthopaedic Surgery
- Dr. Basil & Amirra Besh
- Dr. David L. & Gail Cannon
- DJO Global
- Dr. Howard R. & Phyllis G. Epps
- Dr. David & Katie Halsey
- Dr. Stuart & Lisa Hirsch
- Dr. Jeffrey A. Greenberg
- Dr. Claudette M. Lajam & Christopher Clark
- Drs. Elizabeth Matzkin & Eric Smith
- National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses
- Paragon Medical, Inc.
- Dr. Michael F. & Eileen Schafer
- Dr. Gerald R. & Robin K. Williams
- Dr. Alan & Elizabeth K. Reznik
A heartfelt thanks to our Communities in Motion Advisory Group Members
This horrific experience really opened my eyes to my relationship with God. I don’t take anything for granted anymore. And because I was so loved by so many people during that time I see myself doing and giving to perfect strangers in ways I never had.
I sent out a thank you card to everyone involved in my recovery and helping my family during that time. And I "wrote" thank you notes. The fact that I could pick up a pen and write – it was so beautiful. - Keri Clarbull, finger amputation, age 48 from Houston, Texas