What is Communities in Motion: The Event?

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has been a leader in promoting healthy bone and joint behaviors and lifestyle choices. Communities in Motion: The Event—an extension of the AAOS’ A Nation in Motion® campaign—is a fun and interactive event.

The Communities in Motion event aims to empower a community in an upcoming Annual Meeting host city 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.

Who does Communities in Motion impact?

In March 2018, nearly 250 local kids and adults participated in the interactive, community event in New Orleans that featured six bone and joint health-friendly exercise stations, and a nutrition station. Additional AAOS volunteers came out to help support the event and contributed to beautification efforts around the event site.

The event features a series of exercise-based challenge stations (i.e., cardio & aerobic, core strengthening, flexibility & balance, upper body, lower body, and agility). 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.

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.

View hundreds of photos from the 2018 Communities in Motion event.

The following individuals and organizations have made generous donations in support of the 2018 Communities in Motion event in New Orleans:

(As of February 4, 2018)





Other Amounts


Please contact:

Kayee Ip
Digital, Public & Media Relations Strategist
O: (847) 384-4035
E: ip@aaos.org

A heartfelt thanks to our Communities in Motion Advisory Group Members