World Osteoporosis Day
October 20, 2001
Free Bone tests were offered at two Parishes in Buenos Aires (Duration: 1 week)
A Press Breakfast was organized by the Sociedad Argentina de Osteoporosis SAO and the Argentine Association of Osteoporosis Patients
"Feria de las Naciones" in Buenos Aires (Duration: 12 days)
Active participation of members of our Association of Osteoporosis Patients in the stand of the Argentine Health and Social Action Department/Ministry. Distribution of brochures with information about osteoporosis among visitors. Display of the "Are you at risk test" poster and copies available to the public.
Sociedad Argentina de Osteoporosis SAO
Phone: +54 11 4823 0497
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For WOD 2001, the Austrian Osteoporosis Patient Society (AOPS) in cooperation with the Association of Austrian Hospitality (BOG), repeated last year's successful campaign "Cook for Strong Bones Contribute to your health by eating a delicious dinner and win a prize". This campaign was a great success, with 60% of the restaurants affiliated to the BOG taking part. The participating restaurants served a special calcium and vitamin D- rich dinner at a very reasonable price on World Osteoporosis Day and the following day. Available in each restaurant were folders which contained the following: information about osteoporosis, the "Are you at risk" questionnaire, and a contest coupon requiring the correct response to three questions. The first 10 coupons received with the correct answers were awarded a prize. The campaign was advertised via radio, television and the press as well as posters displayed at restaurants and other places of public interest to advertise the event.
Brochures with information about osteoporosis displayed at participating restaurants.
Austrian Osteoporosis Patient Society (AOPS)
Phone: +43 1 522 63 35
Fax: +43 1 524 17 72
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Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients:
On the 11th of October a successful 4-hour symposium was held for the public and the media (with free BMD measurement offered).
Part of the success of the symposium was due to the intensive press activities. Press releases were sent out to all policy makers and media, including national newspapers, different regional newspapers and information bulletins, important magazines, all TV stations, and to many individual journalists.
The press releases gave information about osteoporosis itself, the statistics which show the prevalence of the disease and treatment rates, the estimated number of fractures, and the costs to society and the state health care system. Information was also give about medications (within a year these will also be reimbursed for men), about the cost and reimbursement of BMD.
Daniela Somers, World Boxing Champion, and Dr. Christine Pouliart, President of the Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients.
The Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients actively supported WOD 2001 by sending out information, posters, and producing a special 3 minute videoclip with Daniella Somers, ex-world boxing champion which was included in IOF's WOD 2001 video. It also collaborated in the opening of the European Osteotour and photographic exhibition by Oliviero Toscani on the 19th of October at Rome as well as the IOF-Alliance Ostoporosis Media Award. Press releases about the European Osteotour and Toscani photographic exhibit were sent to Belgian media and policy makers. Two Belgian patients, members of the society, participated in the exhibit and agreed that their photos could be used to help promote awareness of osteoporosis.
Interesting advertisment and documentation has been sent to companies which produce calcium-rich food and drinks in order to establish contacts for possible future collaborations.
Dr. Christine Pouliart
Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients
St. Laureisstraat 85
Phone: +32 3 216 92 92
Fax: +32 3 216 38 64
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A large public gathering took place on Sunday October 22nd at Ibirapuera Park, the largest park in São Paulo.
The program included:
- An "osteoporosis prevention" walk with participation of the public, including groups of elderly people through the park.
- Exercise sessions with personal trainers showing how exercise can help strengthen bones by increasing bone mass.
- Bone tests, free of charge, with five (5) patients seeing their BMD results at the same time.
- Lectures every 30 minutes throughout the day to learn how fractures can be avoided and good health maintained.
- Media coverage in all parts of our country via radio, print media and TV, stressing the importance of World Osteoporosis Day.
Through the regional societies affiliated with the Brasilian Society of Osteoporosis, similar programs were held in the major cities of the 22 states within Brazil.
Prof. Rubem Lederman
Brazilian Society of Osteoporosis
Av. Atlantica 3186
Ap 401 Copacabana
22070-000 Rio de Janeiro
Phone: +55 21 254 70516
Fax: +55 21 225 65716
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The following activities took place on WOD week:
- Free BMD measurement offered for one week.
- A 30 min. TV interview on the problem "Osteoporosis" was broadcast.
- A 60 min. radio broadcast called "Health and osteoporosis how to prevent" was aired.
- Press conference on 19th Oct., dedicated to World Osteoporosis Day.
Bulgarian League for the Prevention of Osteoporosis (BLPO)
6 Damian Gruev St.
Phone: +359 2 988 49 33
Fax: +359 2 988 49 33
The Foundation "Women without Osteoporosis" Bulgaria marked October 20 with a series of events across the country. Together with the National Center of Hygiene, Medical Ecology and Nutrition and the regional hygiene-epidemiological inspectorates (HEI), it carried out two conferences on the theme "Paradoxes and Challenges of Osteoporosis " in the towns of Sofia and Varna.
The foundation organized the Bulgarian participation in the World Embrace Walk with the event "Cheerful Horo", for which received a diploma from WHO.
The Foundation organized the Campaign "One minute for health health for all life", using the "One-minute Test" of IOF for the personal risk of osteoporosis. The risk test was distributed and osteometric examinations of postmenopausal women were performed.
The Campaign was promoted in the towns of Dobrich, Shoumen and Plovdiv. In the capital a press-conference was held, organized by the Clinic of Endocrinology to the Medical University, Association "Women without osteoporosis" and Bulgarian Scientific Society for Clinical Densitometry.
The interest in the Campaign is wide spread and growing. Diagnostic-consultative medical centers and non-governmental organizations from all the country are continuously joining in it. Five osteometers are already going around the routes of the Campaign, and the program will soon be extended. Within one month, over 20 000 "One-minute Risk Tests" have been distributed across the country. The Ministry of Health supported the Campaign and through HEIs will perform screening for the osteoporosis risk in the country. The Campaign will continue 3 years with the goal of having the "One-minute Test" reach every Bulgarian and densitometric examinations to comprise all women over the age of 55.
With the Campaign "One minute for health health for all life" the foundation "Women without Osteoporosis" and the association of the same name participate in the Bone and Joint Decade 2000 2100 . They hope through revealing the osteoporosis risk and timely direction to the consulting room to achieve an effective reduction of the osteoporotic fractures within the framework of the Decade.
Dr. Tamara Kovatcheva
Foundation "Women without Osteoporosis"
62 B Chehov Str.
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The Osteoporosis Society of Canada has designated November as "Osteoporosis Month". For further information about activities and events see the OSC website www.osteoporosis.ca or
The Osteoporosis Society of Canada
33 Laird Drive, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 696-2663
Fax: (416) 696-2673
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October 19th: Press Conference of the Sociedad Chilena de Osteologia y metabolismo Mineral Board with the media. Dr. Claudia Campusano and Dr. Hector Gajardo gave a lecture to the media, afterwhich osteoporosis in Chile and around the world was discussed with the reporters.
Dr. Gajardo gave 2 live interviews on Radio Cooperatica and Radi Agricultura, 2 important radio stations in Santiago.
October 20th: Dr. Gajardo appeared in El Mercurio, the chilean main newspaper and another article about osteoporosis appeared in La Tercera, the second most important chilean newspaper.
Dr. Campusano also appeared in Revista Ercilla, an important chilean magazine.
Hector Gajardo M.D.
Sociedad Chilena de Osteologia y Metabolismo Mineral
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The first Colombian Congress of Osteoporosis was held on October 24-27, 2001. The congress included a workshop for patients and a consensus Conference on the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis. International and Colombian speakers were featured. A TV programme about osteoporosis was also broadcast.
Prof. Enrique Ardila
Asociacion Colombiana de Osteologia y Metabolismo Mineral (ACOMM)
Carrera 16A No.77-11
Phone: +57 1 256 0350 and +57 1 530 3435
Fax: +57 1 530 3383
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The Fundacion Costarricense de Osteoporosis carried out a variety of activities, several in coordination with the "Asociación Costarricense de Climaterio y Menopausia" and with various pharmaceutical and dairy-product companies.
- An intense educational program for the general population was launched to create awareness of osteoporosis. Information was spread via the press, TV stations, and radio.
- Workshops were held with physicians and health personnel.
- 10,000 copies of the IOF "Are you at Risk" test, in Spanish, were distributed in shopping malls and other public places.
- An osteoporosis walk was held on WOD, October 20th.
- Heel ultrasound was offered at reduced cost in the month of October and on WOD.
- "LULA the cow" was used as an attention-grabbing symbol. LULA is a very popular pet from the "Cooperativa de Productores de Leche Dos Pinos", a major dairy product company which sponsors the Foundation in Costa Rica and has been carrying out a strong campaign aimed at increasing calcium-consumption in young people and the general population.
||Heel ultrasound, like the one offered here at a recent community event, was offered at subsidised cost in the month of October . Portable heel ultrasound is useful to help identify possible osteoporosis sufferers, who are then referred for definite diagnosis on the DEXA machines which are usually only available at larger medical centres.
Much loved by children, LULA the cow, was featured in Costa Rica's community activities for World Osteoporosis Day. Here LULA, the mascot of a major diary company, helps out at a recent event.
Dr Luis Jiménez-Briceño
Fundacion Costarricense de Osteoporosis
P.O. Box 1755
Phone: +1 506 234 6639
Fax: +1 506 234 6639
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Open door day for the public in 4 cities of northern region: Amiens; Lille; Berck sur Mer; Valenciennes was devoted to osteoporosis. Initiative arose from 4 hospital rheumatologists who put together the program of the day: Prof. Fardellone (Amiens); Prof Hoevenagel (Lille); Dr. Hardouin (Berck) and Dr. Dprez (Valenciennes).
Each program included:
1. Lecture on the disease and its consequences with the video of WHO on osteoporosis in introduction.
2. 6 educational workshops for attendees in the form of games as below:
- Questions for "concrete bones" (os béton) by nurses
- The game of 1000 Mg of Ca by dieteticians
- Let's have a meal by nurses and dieteticians
- The dangerous house by occupational therapists
- Physical exercises by physical therapists
- Diagnostic by local physician together with IGEA and/or Hologic
WOD posters announcing the event were distributed widely, also at GP offices and in pharmacies
All people involved in workshops were hospital team members (around 40 per center). Everyone who wanted to participate in workshops received a passport to be stamped at each workshop: 3 stamps allowed a diagnostic test to ensure that people understood the disease before their BMD is measured.
2 press conferences were organized 3 weeks before the event (Amiens and Lille) and only regional and local press was invited with the double objective of announcing the event and report on the day.
- 1500 people came in one of the four centers (even if it was a horrible rainy day)
- over 120 press items resulted with 88% in lay press and 2 programs on FR3, one major on FR2, Radio bleue (famous FM radio), and several famous regional newspapers (La voix du Nord, le Journal de Nord Picardie ...)
- First results of a questionnaire on source of information for people to come over:
- 80% local newspaper / radio or TV
- 20 % posters in pharmacy, GP office or hospital
The second event happened in Paris in a new concept of shop (KIRIA: a health and wealthcare space) that opened last April. During the same period of 2 weeks, they highlighted the theme of osteoporosis with books, leaflet; measurement scale, PIXI scans and 2 conferences on the topic in the shop. This event was also announced by press and had a fantastic return from TV and women magazines (Femmes Actuelles ...)
- 120 people attended the conferences
- Everybody who enter the shop received information on osteoporosis
- 25' TV program on FR2
For both of these events, the posters with the IOF logo was used and MSD has been the major partner by having local sales forces distributing the posters to GPs; pharmacies and everywhere they could. MSD also produced all the materials for the work shops and suggested some adaptations to the already designed tools.
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The Bundesselbsthilfeverband für Osteoporose in Germany organised a patient congress in Bonn on October 20th, which included workshops, a podium discussion, information from Industry and so on.
Phone: + 49 8382 275056
Fax: + 49 8382 275057
The Deutsches Grünes Kreuz e.V. informed the public about WOD 2001 with several press-releases (distributed to more than 2,800 newspapers and journalists in Germany) and radio interviews. It took part in two main events in Germany: a patient congress in Bonn on October 20th and, on the same day, another public event in Marburg/Lahn with different workshops, discussions, information sources etc.
A further activity is a campaign that started in January: baker’s shops offer detailed information about osteoporosis and the importance of early prevention and adequate calcium intake nation-wide to their customers.
Deutsches Grünes Kreuz e. V.
Phone: + 49 6421 - 29 31 62
Fax: + 49 6421 - 2 29 10
The Kuratorium Knochengesundheit e.V. held the second part of its successful campaign, started in spring 2001, "Auf Dauer mehr Knochen-Power" (bone power over the long run). Numerous WOD events focused on men and women over the age of 40, offering them detailed information about he early signs of osteoporosis and helping to identify personal risk especially by checking body height, a decrease in which is often an early sign of osteoporosis.
Kuratorium Knochengesundheit e.V.
Phone: +49 7261/ 92 17 75
Fax: +49 7261/ 6 46 59
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Kossuth Radio programs about osteoporosis Oct 17, 2001.
- Interview with the president of HOPA on TV in RTL Channel Oct 19, 2001
- Interview about the schoolchildren education program on TV 2 channel Oct 19, 2001
- Late evening program about scientific and genetic aspect of osteoporosis, about life style, exercises and quality of life Oct 19, 2001
Articles were published about osteoporosis in Budapest:
- Népszabadság Sept 27, 2001
- Gyógyász Magazin Oct 11, 2001
3rd Issue of HOPA Newsletter OBME Hírmondó was published at the end of October.
Osteoporosis Screening in Budapest October 17, 18, 19. The project was launched in Budapest by National Institute of Rheumatology.
Meeting to general public and media in Tatabánya, Oct 17.
The Hungarian version of the IOF poster with logo of HOPA and the Petra Pak Hungary was distributed among schoolchildren.
HOPA web site was renewed by WOD 2001.
Hungarian Osteoporosis Patient Association
Hársmajor u. 12
H 1113 Budapest
Phone: +36 1 248 12 61
Fax: +36 1 309 53 23
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- In Iceland, bone health is now a compulsory subject taught in school. The programme material, called I AM WHAT I CHOOSE, is held in Life Skill classes and comprises lectures and educational activities in grades 4,6, and 9. Detailed information can be found in the IOF Bone Education Resource Centre.
- As part of this education project, a special "scavenger hunt" game where students have to answer questions about bones and what is good and bad for bones, was held on the week of World Osteoporosis Day (October 22-26). The game, carried out by physical education teachers, is for children in grades 4 and 6.
- To get media coverage for WOD, a calcium-rich lunch for the press was held. Both Ms Palmadottir, Iceland's longest serving Health Minister and Beinvernd's patron, and Dr. Olafur Olafsson, the founder of Beinvernd and former Director General of Health spoke to the press. Read more
- Articles about osteoporosis were published in all major newspapers
||On WOD 2001, a calcium-rich lunch was held for the press. Both Ms Palmadottir and Dr. Olafur Olafsson, the founder of Beinvernd and former Director General of Health, were in attendance and spoke to the press.
Beinvernd The Icelandic Osteoporosis Society
Phone: +354 897 3119
Fax: +354 525 1850
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Patients at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, receiving booklets on osteoporosis.
The Osteoporosis Society of India celebrated World Osteoporosis Day with great enthusiasm. Events included young and old. After a lecture and distribution of booklets on osteoporosis, 650 13-14 year olds at the R. K. Puram public school in New Delhi worked on osteoporosis projects in their biology lessons. Prizes were awarded to the best entries.
Members of the Osteoporosis Society of India with staff and prize-winning students at the R. K. Puram public school.
Dr A. B. Dey, President of the Osteoporosis Society of India, addressing the students.
An educational booklet was distributed to elderly patients attending Delhi's largest teaching hospital the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. And public lectures were arranged one for senior citizens and one on the scientific aspects of osteoporosis, delivered at the Orissa State Chapter Association of Physicians of India conference.
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The Irish Osteoporosis Society launched a video for schools (teenagers) on Friday October 19th
Prof. Moira O'Brien
Irish Osteoporosis Society
Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 679 0119
Fax: +353 1 679 0119
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- The Israeli Foundation for Osteoporosis and Bone Diseases (IFOB) kicked off its Osteoporosis Awareness Month from October 20 to November 20 by inaugurating its new state-of-the-art Osteobus in Jerusalem at the parliament (Knesset) on Monday October 22nd. This mobile osteoporosis awareness display travelled the country to inform the public about osteoporosis. Visitors received informational material (risk tests, brochures etc.). IFOB staff was on hand and an informational video featuring an osteoporosis specialist was run continuously to provide the public with answers to their questions.
- During the week of October 21-24 the IFOB sponsored an osteoporosis education seminar at the Dead Sea in cooperation with the Center for Women's Health in Ramat-Aviv and the Center for Bone-Building Exercise. Workshops, lectures on nutrition, and discussions lead by medical experts were featured.
- A chain of Israeli pharmacies provided each customer with a post card risk factor questionnaire which can then be mailed to IFOB which will follow up and answer any questions.
||Osteobus parked in front of the Knesset
On September 30th, prior to Osteoporosis Awareness Month, the IFOB participated in the World Health Organization's "World Embracing Walk". As well as the beach walk along the scenic Mediterranean coast line of sdot-yam and Caesaria, bone building exercises, instructions for correct walking and the opportunity to try golf were offered. Snacks of products fortified with calcium were provided.
See more detailed information about IFOB activities during Osteoporosis Month 2001
Mrs. Irit Inbar
Israeli Foundation for Osteoporosis & Bone Diseases
PO Box 1513
Pardes Hana 37000
Phone/Fax: +972 04 62 74549
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- LIOS (Lega Italiana Osteoporosi) organized the following activities on WOD and into November: two meetings for the general public, media, etc. to present LIOS' new book on physical activity and its initiatives for WOD. A famous classic dancer from the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, patron of the new book, was present as a speaker.
- the launch of three new leaflets on: Osteoporosis in men; Osteoporosis and corticosteroids; Juvenile Osteoporosis
- the announcement of a new web site, opening in January
- the announcement of the forthcoming publication of the fourth book in the series "55..."
- leaflets on osteoporosis distributed through 10,000 pharmacies
- November was designated "the month of prevention": an info line was available at LIOS 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
- the presentation (at the "Aging and Society" meeting in Salsomaggiore and at a Press Conference in Milano) of the guidelines created by the largest Italian association of general practitioners (FIMMG), LIOS, and the Tribunale dei diritti del Malato.
Dr. Maria Luisa Bianchi
Via Masolino da Panicale, 6
Phone: +39 02 392 11 533
Fax: +39 02 392 11 533
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- As a pre-WOD activity, the Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS) co-organized a high-profile meeting for medical professionals and the public on October 1st at a Dead Sea resort. The event was honoured by the patronage and participation of HM Queen Rania of Jordan. Supported by the IOF and sponsored by MSD and the French Embassy, the meeting was a major informative and social event. See program (PDF, 32 KB) for detailed information.
- JOPS will continue The Jordanian National Campaign in the 10 main major cities, which was started last February, then in Aqaba, Jerash and Zarqa. This campaign aims to spread awareness among the public about Osteoporosis, as well as the educational program nd SAHARA Bone Density screening for the female population at risk.
- JOPS now is building its own Web Site: www.jops.org, which was launched on October 20 with big media campaign (TV, Radio and Newspapers).
Dr. Basel Masri
Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society
PO Box 92 6237
Phone: +962 6 568 16 93
Fax: +962 6 562 39 55
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The Lebanese Osteoporosis Prevention Society:
- Established a hotline for 7 consecutive days. Doctors were present at the Society to answer medical questions. The service was announced through the media ahead of time.
- A public session on "Osteoporosis: Prevention and Treatment" at Le Sommet de la Francophonie de Medecine Perinatale, took place on Oct. 8th 2001. It was presented by doctors from the Scientific Committee of LOPS. An audience from across the country was invited to attend. Launching of Youth Life Style report (in Arabic & English), written by Prof. Bonjour during the above-mentioned public session. Read full report
- LOPS released a new booklet in Arabic: "Nutrition and Osteoporosis". 3,000 of these booklets will be distributed to doctors, non-governmental organizations, universities, at large malls and to the general public. Also, 2,500 copies will be sent to doctors around the Arab world.
- The establishment of a LOPS Web Site.
- A play on "Osteoporosis How to avoid it", addressed to schoolchildren between the ages of 7 to 14. Actors emphasized the importance of nutrition and exercise in the building of bones. They appeared in the shape of skeletons, cheese, broccoli, teeth, etc... The play was performed on October 20th 2001 and attended by schoolchildren from across the country.
Dr. Ghassan Maalouf
Lebanese Osteoporosis Prevention Society (LOPS)
Elias Baaklini Str.
Kazan Bldg. 1st Floor
Achrafie - Sassine
Phone: +961 1337 227
Fax: +961 1 331 372
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The Comite Mexicano Para el Estudio de la Osteoporosis, A.C. (COMOP) together with the IOF held a workshop and major press conference for regional, national and international press correspondents in Mexico City on November 5th.
Click here for detailed information
Leonor de Villafranca
Insurgentes Sur 299
Mezzanine, Col. Hipodromo
CP 06100 Mexico
Phone: +52 5 574 19 00
Fax: +52 5 574 22 02
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As World Osteoporosis Day falls in the middle of the school holidays in the Netherlands, the focus of World Osteoporosis Day activities is carried out in early November to ensure maximum public impact.
On November 6, the Osteoporose Vereniging held a symposium for dieticians called "Update on Osteoporosis and Food".
On November 9 a huge public symposium focused on fall prevention and new insights in osteoporosis prevention and treatment.
A survey of fall-prevention plan activities for small and larger cities in the country was undertaken.
Elisabeth deBoer Oosterhuis
1007 MB Amsterdam
Phone: +31 73 52 19445
Fax: +31 73 52 11899
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For WOD, Osteoporosis New Zealand launched a programme called "Bank Your Bones at Two" on October 4th. This programme focused on very young children and their mums to ensure that good nutrition habits start in early childhood. In New Zealand, the cost of milk has skyrocketed as a result of the world markets and there is concern that children are not getting enough dairy products and thus calcium. A bank provided funding for the project. The project will be run by Plunket, a nation-wide organisation of highly skilled nurses which look after every child in their first 3-4 years with regular checks and support.
Mrs. Julia Gallagher
Osteoporosis New Zealand Inc.
PO Box 688
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 449 4862
Fax: + 64 4 499 4863
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Despite the political situation in Palestine which makes circulation between cities in Palestine very difficult or even impossible, PAOS has held several WOD activities. To facilitate coordination, PAOS spread out its activities from September to the beginning of December. Plans are made for the following:
- 8 public sessions held in rural areas in Palestine targeting milk producers (farmers), processors and women about the importance of milk and dairy products for the prevention of osteoporosis.
- The production and distribution of 4 types of educational / awareness materials, (brochures) in Arabic on the following topics: Milk value for the family; Milk and dairy products nutritional value; Consumer safety and nutrition; Educational brochure for pregnant women.
- The production of a 3-5 minutes video clip on the importance of milk and other dairy intake targeting children aged 7-13 years old.
- The production of a song in Arabic targeting children aged 7-13 years old on the importance of milk and other dairy intake.
- Various awareness campaign activities highlighting the importance of milk intake carried out through school and youth centers' visits, radio talk shows, distribution of fliers and other educational materials in collaboration with milk producers and processors.
- World Osteoporosis Day (October 20th) highlighted on all dairy products distributed by companies in Palestine the day of the above mentioned event.
The above activities were coordinated and co-organized with LAND O'LAKES Group, dairy producers.
Dr. Elias Saba
Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Societym
P.O. Box 100
Phone: +972 22 76 60 75
Fax: +972 22 76 60 75
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The Associação Portuguesa de Osteoporose (APO) celebrated WOD 2001 at OPORTO city at PAVILHÃO ROSA MOTA from 3 to 7 h (p.m.) and invited the entire community to participate with APO and enjoy a pleasant programme that included:
- traditional games (for all ages)
- dance (modern and classic)
- folkmusic and folklore
- tunas académicas (songs and music played by students from universities)
Free screening of bone mass for participants (four DEXA machines) were available.
Lunch (rich in calcium) was served and gifts distributed.
APO produced a video with information about osteoporosis, its prevention and diagnosis; interviews with osteoporotic patients and the public; and an exposition by a Portuguese olympic winner.
A media campaign about WOD 2001 in the press, radio and TV promoted by APO was carried out.
Dr. Domingos Araujo
Associação Portuguesa de Osteoporose (APO)
Rua Paraíso da Foz, 48 6.º -E
Phone/Fax: +351 226 177 870
APOROS, the Portuguese National Association Against Osteoporosis, held the official opening of its new office with the presence of Lisbon's Mayor, health authorities representatives, local authorities and press. The new office location was donated to the Association by the city.
To reflect the education theme for this year, WOD celebrations were held in a school, with the participation of the students, 6-15 years of age. There were physical activities where children interacted with another member of the family (parent or grandparent), dance and music exhibitions. A drawing contest on the theme Strong Bones" was held and prizes were awarded to the best drawings in 3 age groups.
An informational exhibit included a poster exhibition on osteoporosis and on APOROS activities, as well as video and slideshows on osteoporosis. Three DEXA machines (wrist) were available and bone scans offered to participants.
Prior to WOD, a press release was issued to attract media coverage for the above events.
Mrs. Viviana Tavares
Associacao Nacional contra a Osteoporose (APOROS)
Liga Portuguesa dos Deficientes Motores
Rua de Sitio ao Casalinho da Ajuda
1300 Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: 351 21 778 65 43
Fax: 351 21 778 65 43
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On October 16, 2001, the Secretary of Health of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico signed an official proclamation recognizing World Osteoporosis Day. This was possible through the initiative of the Puerto Rico Society of Endocrinology and Diabetology (SPED), an IOF member society. Ample coverage of the proclamation was given by the media in radio, television and the local press.
From left: Dr. Myriam Allende, president elect, Society of Endocrinology and Diabetes of Puerto Rico (SPED); Dr. Raúl Castellanos, representing the Secretary of Health; Dr. Lillian Haddock, SPED representative to IOF; Ms. Zulma Wagner, Associate Product Manager of MSD; Mr. Leonardo Jiménez, Product Manager of MSD.
Sponsored by an educational grant from Merck Sharp & Dohme, the Society was able to raise public awareness of osteoporosis through a myriad of educational activities. Society members wore the WOD pin all week and exhibited the IOF poster (to which SPED's name and logo as well as that of the Department of Health of Puerto Rico were added) in their offices and hospitals. A five day exhibit was staged in a large shopping mall in metropolitan San Juan during which daily interactive lectures were given by members of the Society, the one-minute risk test was given to all attendees, videos of IOF, NOF and MSD were shown, educational materials were distributed and calcaneal bone densities were carried out. Society members also participated in four interactive radio programs aired on three radio stations and articles appeared in several major newspapers, including an extensive piece in El Pais.
Through their intense efforts and especially by gaining official government support for World Osteoporosis Day, SPED was able to raise a great deal of media and public interest in osteoporosis -thereby helping to spread knowledge about the disease, its prevalence, prevention and treatment.
Further images available here
Dr. Lillian Haddock
Sociedad Puertorriquena de Endocrinologia y Diabetologia
402 Minerva St.
San Juan PR 00923-2312
Phone: +1 787 763 7109
Fax: +1 787 282 7665
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The following activities were carried out in October 2001 by the Assocation for Prevention of Osteoporosis in Romania (ASPOR)
Youth Educational Program
6 presentations (titled: "Invest in your bones") were held by ASPOR-member physicians, in different colleges in the city of Tg Mures, between 15.-18. October .
WHO-initiated "Global Embrace" walk
ASPOR participated in this event which was on 30 September. The walk attracted many people of all generations. The program started in the centre of town as the gathering place for the event. While the local symphony orchestra was playing Dixieland music, the Pro Byciclo Urbo foundation presented a rolling-cycling-show. The Mayor's greeting was followed by ASPOR's advice about Active Ageing. Two famous actors provided entertainment during the program. The program continued after the 3 km walk to the lido.
Milk producers offered free milk and milk-products during the 4-hour program. Medical students measured blood pressure of participants and ASPOR staff did bone density examinations. Fun-filled activities such as Grandma -grandchild competitions, the osteoporosis-group's gymnastic presentation, interviews with mature VIP-s, and senior sport-awards all made for an enjoyable day. The participants, happy and tired (including the deputy-mayor and his family), went away with a new appreciation for the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
An intensive media campaign took place:
- 1 hour open interview with rheumatologist Prof. Dr. Georgescu was organised by ASPOR on regional TV (Antena 1) on Oct. 18th.
- Interview with Dr. Irene Nagy, ASPOR executive director, on the Hungarian broadcast of the national radio.
- 120 minute talk show with Dr Maria Pongracz and Dr Ildiko Gasparik /ASPOR members/ on regional radio.
- 40 minute open interview with Dr Bartha Eszter, vice president of ASPOR in the regional Hungarian radio, on October 20th.
- WOD presentation was broadcast on national TV on Oct 22nd.
Additional educational activities:
- Osteoporosis symposia in Sovata for the local ASPOR group and their guests.
- Mailing to our 800 ASPOR members which included the translated sample of the "Invest in your bones" youth report. Members were encouraged and given helpful instructions on how to distribute this report to the local schools.
- A series of conferences for GP-s was launched on 27.October in Harghita district (Odorheiu Secuiesc) with the participation of 130 physicians (GP-s, gynecologists, endocrinologists, reumatologists, radiologists, physiotherapists). The next will take place in Tg. Mures, on 17. November, 2001.
Dr. Gasparik Ildiko (music show and media events)
or Iren Nagy (ASPOR regional meetings)
Association for the Prevention of Osteoporosis in Romania
Str. Liviu Rebreanu 31
4300 Tg. Mures
Phone: +40 65 145 171
Fax: +40 65 257 009
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Local studies in Saudi Arabia have shown that BMD in healthy young and adult Saudi females and males was less than BMD in their counterparts of North Americans and Europeans. In both genders, the prevalence of osteoporosis was higher than expected. Studies also show that rickets and osteomalacia is an endemic disease in Saudi Arabia. Prevention has naturally become a focus of the Saudi Osteoporosis Club's activities.
In 2001, efforts were focused on increasing awareness of bone health in both male and female school-aged students. Secondary targets of the information campaign were adults and seniors, nurses and the general public.
For the "WOD" week of 20-24 October, 2001 an exhibition was held at King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh. Each day was devoted to a different target group: female students, male students, patients and their relatives, nurses, and a day open to all. A press release in Arabic and English promoted the occasion in the local media. Schools were contacted in order to promote the participation of students at the exhibition.
Lectures were held by visiting speakers, educational material was provided in both English and Arabic, and dairy products and juice were distributed to all visitors.
Nurses and medical staff were made aware of the risks of osteoporosis and the need to increase awareness in their patients.
Visiting students were able to have "on site chats" with consultants who discussed osteoporosis and its prevention and answered any questions raised. Saudi Osteoporosis Club members were on hand to give information, explaining the seriousness of osteoporosis and the importance of prevention. The students also participated in a quiz involving questions on bone health and osteoporosis with prizes given to the winners.
The Saudi Osteoporosis Club's will continue its efforts to increase public awareness, promote prevention, and to encourage local health authorities to give more attention to this serious disease.
Prof. Mahmoud El Desouki
Saudi Osteoporosis Club
King Khalid University Hospital
PO Box 7805 # 46
Phone: +966 1 467 2436
Fax: +966 1 467 1728
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NOF South Africa teamed up with Rotary and the Sports Science Institute's Optifit programme to hold an "Invest in your bones" 10 km road race and 5 km run/walk A similar event was held last year with great success. Because of the importance of healthy bones and osteoporosis prevention, the race was be televised with some background as to why the theme "Invest in your bones" was chosen.
National Osteoporosis Foundation
PO Box 481
7535 Cape Town
Phone: +27 21 931 78 94
Fax: +27 21 931 70 75
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The Fundacion Hispana de Osteoporosi y Enfermedades Metabolicas (FHOEMO) held the following WOD events:
- A press round table hosted by the Ministry of Consumer Health
- Conferences for health professionals and the public at Hospital Gregorio Maranon. There was information about osteoporosis and its risk factors, patient information, information about FHOEMO, a children's area, gymnastics sessions and a display of calcium-rich food products and drinks.
- Other activities included osteoporosis day stamps, information kits for hospitals and homes for the aged.
- A free help line was open and information available via the government website
- New printed and audiovisual material was presented.
Dr. Aurelio Rapado
Phone: (34)1 5 78 35 10
Fax: (34)1 5 78 35 10
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Donna Mobile, the Swiss osteoporosis patient society, held a press conference on October 18th featuring a prominent guest from the popular media, Mrs. Marta Emmenegger. Journalists were invited to join in a calcium-rich aperitif and, following Mrs. Emmenegger's example, had their bone density measured on site. The event, in keeping with the theme of "keep moving", also featured a short dance performance by a well-known choreographer and free tickets to a local theatre. The goal was to inspire journalists to write about osteoporosis so that more people, particularly over the age of 50, take steps to become aware of their personal osteoporosis risk.
Mrs. Monique Ehinger Krehl
Phone: +41 61 973 10 10
Fax: +41 61 973 10 11
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The Thailand Orthopedic Society (TOS) held an osteoporosis exhibition, "Fight against osteoporosis", from November 15-22, 2001. The venue for the exhibition was the busy Bangkapi Mall in Bankgok. TOS was honoured to have Dr. Kasae Chanawong, Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister's Office, open the exhibition. The exhibiton featured posters with general information about osteoporosis, bone mass measurements, a stand for general health check ups, daily entertainment with dancers, "strong bone" contest for three different age groups, and a doctor to speak before the audience and answer questions about osteoporosis. The exhibition was a means of raising public awareness of osteoporosis, whose impact on public health is very much underestimated by both the public and doctors in Thailand.
From left to right: Dr. Suthorn Vavonratanavech and Dr. Pongsak Yuktanandana of TOS with Dr. Kasae Chanawong, Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister's Office
Former Miss Thailand, Ms. Pawanee Metinee (right) speaking in support of osteoporosis awareness
Dr. Suthorn Bavonratanavech
The Royal College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of Thailand
Phone: 66 2 716 5439
Fax: 66 2 716 5437
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On October 19th (WOD falls on a Saturday), the National Osteoporosis Society of the UK launched
- its re-designed website with privileged access to all NOS members, free downloads, discussion forums, on -line registration and purchasing from the NOS Trading Company and from the NOS. The site will be frequently updated and highly accessible making it easier for everyone to use.
- a poster aimed at families with children
- a new leaflet Healthy bones for all the family
- a new leaflet Six steps to healthy bones
- a new Bone Friendly logo a fresh look for the symbol that tells consumers a food or drink has been passed by our advisers as a rich source of calcium
- media campaign
P.O. Box 10
Radstock, Bath, BA3 3YB
Phone: (44) 1761 471 771
Fax: (44) 1761 471 104
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