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World Osteoporosis Day
October 20, 2005

National Activities

Argentina
Asociacion Argentina de Osteologia y Metabolismo Mineral (AAOMM)

World Osteoporosis Day 2005 - Exercise message has great media impact

The AAOMM and SAO held a press conference on October 17th. Journalists from TV, radio and print media attended resulting in a great media echo in the following few days. Speakers included Eduardo Nuesch, on behalf of IOF; Prof. Dr. José Zanchetta, IOF board member; Celia Marcela Casals, osteoporosis patient, and well known actress China Zorrilla.


The press conference resulted in 3 articles in main Argentine newspapers, 6 articles in local newspapers (Provinces), interviews on 4 main TV channels and
3 Cable Channels, 8 articles in internet news and webpages, 9 radio interviews, and 3 articles in leading
womens' magazines.

The societies also manned a booth at the 11th World Congress on the Menopause (18-22 October)to promote the IOF World Congress on Toronto, IOF projects and publicize WOD 2005.The new IOF report 'Move it or Lose it' and posters were translated into Spanish and distributed at the booth and made available throughout Argentina and Latin America.


The congress participants were also invited to attend an IOF symposium on the 22nd of October from 3:00-4:00 pm at the Buenos Aires Sheraton Hotel. The symposium, titled OSTEOPOROSIS:Critical Review - Current Status, was chaired by Profs. D. Salica (President of the SAO) and L. Plantalech (President of the AAOMM). Talks will be given by Prof. S. Cummings (Epidemiology - The Burden of Osteoporosis), by Prof. B. Ettinger(Diagnosis - Fracture Risk Assessment) and by Prof. J. Zanchetta(Treatment and Future Directions).

31.10.2005

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Argentina
Sociedad Argentina de Osteoporosis

World Osteoporosis Day 2005- Exercise message has great media impact

The SAO and AAOMM held a press conference on October 17th. Journalists from TV, radio and print media attended resulting in a great media echo in the following few days. Speakers included Eduardo Nuesch, on behalf of IOF; Prof. Dr. José Zanchetta, IOF board member; Celia Marcela Casals, osteoporosis patient, and well known actress China Zorrilla.


The press conference resulted in 3 articles in main Argentine newspapers, 6 articles in local newspapers (Provinces), interviews on 4 main TV channels and
3 cable channels, 8 articles in internet news and webpages, 9 radio interviews, and 3 articles in leading
womens' magazines.Thanks to ROCHE Argentina, the societies were also able to announce a local journalism award (USD 1000.-) at the press conference.

The societies also manned a booth at the 11th World Congress on the Menopause (18-22 October)to promote the IOF World Congress on Toronto, IOF projects and publicize WOD 2005.The new IOF report 'Move it or Lose it' and posters were translated into Spanish and distributed at the booth and made available throughout Argentina and Latin America.


The congress participants were also invited to attend an IOF symposium on the 22nd of October from 3:00-4:00 pm at the Buenos Aires Sheraton Hotel. The symposium, titled OSTEOPOROSIS:Critical Review - Current Status, was chaired by Profs. D. Salica (President of the SAO) and L. Plantalech (President of the AAOMM). Talks will be given by Prof. S. Cummings (Epidemiology - The Burden of Osteoporosis), by Prof. B. Ettinger(Diagnosis - Fracture Risk Assessment) and by Prof. J. Zanchetta(Treatment and Future Directions).



17.10.2005

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Australia
Osteoporosis Australia

Sport Talk for Strong Bones: sport celebrities join in support of WOD 2005

The World Osteoporosis day message 'Move it or Lose it' is the focus of Osteoporosis Australia's World October 20th media forum.

The forum will feature leading Australian sport celebrities and sport experts. There is great media interest in the forum which will be presented by well known journalist Helen Dalley.

Sport celebrities include:
Liz Ellis,Captain of the Australian Netball; Jane Saville – olympic medallist in race walking;Clinton Hill, olympic silver medal winner inthe 2004 Olympics in Men's 400 m. relay team and 2004 400 m. national champion runner; Wally Masur – Davis Cup coach & former tennis pro Optus Australia Davis Cup coach; Susie Maroney OAM – champion long distance swimmer;
Katherine Bates- olympic cyclist and member of Australian cycling team; and Prof Shona Bass, of the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne. - an expert in how exercise and nutrition influence musculoskeletal growth.

Osteoporosis Australia will also be organizing Corporate Bone Games (where some 15 teams of ten compete in about 7 easy activities).

17.10.2005

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Belgium
Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients

Media campaign emphasizes the 'Move it or Lose it' theme of World Osteoporosis Day

The theme ‘Move it or Lose it’ was the focus of the Belgian media campaign for World Osteoporosis Day 2005. With the support of WOD patron Sabine Appelmans, (former world class tennis player), the Belgian Association of Osteoporosis Patients, hand in hand with the Belgian Bone Club, issued press notices and gave interviews on radio, TV and print media.

Dr. Christiane Pouliart of the Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients, appearing on radio and major news stations,underlined the benefits of exercise. She noted that tai-chi in particular is beneficial in the elderly. “European studies have shown that women over 80 years of age who practice 15 minutes of tai-chi two times a day reduce their risk of fracture by half."

Articles also appeared in the French, Flemish and German press and on health-related websites. In Belgium it is estimated that some 600,000 women are affected by osteoporosis in Belgium.

06.12.2005

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Belgium
Belgian Bone Club

WOD 2005 media campaign with emphasis on exercise for healthy bones

World Osteoporosis Day and its theme of ‘Move it or Lose it’ was highlighted extensively in the Belgian press. Patron of the Belgian World Osteoporosis Day was Sabine Appelmans, former world class tennis player. In an interview, Appelmans stressed the benefits of exercise saying,“Anyone can walk: just yesterday I went walking with my 80 year-old neighbour…just don’t over do it, remember to breathe correctly and avoid brusque movements,” she added.

Several interviews by IOF General Secretary Prof. Jean-Yves Reginster of the Belgian Bone Club and Dr. Christiane Pouliart of the Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients appeared on radio and major news stations in all parts of the country.

Articles also appeared in the French, Flemish and German press and on health-related websites. In Belgium it is estimated that some 600,000 women are affected by osteoporosis in Belgium.

06.12.2005

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Bulgaria
Association 'Women without Osteoporosis'

Escape from Osteoporosis - National Osteoporosis Campaign starts in Bulgaria for WOD 2005

The "starting signal" was sounded on October 13, by Dr. Atanas Dodov, MD, Deputy Minister of Health; Prof. Lydia Koeva, Head of the Scientific Council of Association “Women without Osteoporosis”; Sevdalina Vassileva, marketing manager of the United Milk Company; representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Association.

They “ran” the first meters on the “running path” installed in front of the Ministry building. Some passers-by also joined in.
“The running path”, with which started on October 13 with the National Campaign and the charity week (October 13-20), travelled through Bulgaria. October 20–WOD, saw the final event in front of the National Palace of Culture.

The organizers of the National Campaign which culminates on October 20 are: Ministry of Health, State Agency of the Youth and Sport, the Association “Women without Osteoporosis”, BIBA and United Milk Company. The campaign is under the patronage of President’s wife Mrs. Zorka Parvanova.

The exercises are part of a healthy lifestyle and one of the main ways to build strong bones to avoid osteoporosis, underlined at the press conference held on October 13.

This year, WOD is devoted to the importance of the exercises for prophylaxis of osteoporosis, that’s why the appeal is “Move it or lose it”, announced Prof. Lydia Koeva.

She underlined that it is very important not only to speak about the medicines – how many and how to accept them – in case of fractures available, but above all how to protect ourselves from osteoporosis in the most natural way. We must more move - walking, running, going upstairs, making exercises, dancing, called Prof. Koeva.

Prof. Koeva emphasized that the bone and the motion are inextricably bound, because the muscle strength helps the building up of strong bones in children, while in adults the risk of fall and injury decreases. She particularly called on children and the young people to exercise more. In addition, more than 60 000 Bulgarian women carried out the One-minute Risk Test for osteoporosis, added Prof. Koeva.

From October 20 to October 22, for 4th time, the Association “Women without Osteoporosis” organized the exhibiiton “Life without osteoporosis”. It will be shown in Sofia City, at the National Center for protection of the public health (the former Center of Hygiene); in Plovdiv and Varna.

During the charity week, for every 100 meters run on the path, the “Vereia” will grant by 1 BGL in a special account for purchase of a device for measurement of bone density, announced Sevdalina Vassileva, marketing manager of the United Milk Company.

In another development to fight osteoporosis, the National Program for Limitation of Osteoporosis in the Republic of Bulgaria for the period 2006 – 2010, is to be considered by the MH leadership and submitted for to the Council of Ministers approval, announced Dr. Dodov.

The strategic aim of the new National Program is to limit the morbidity of osteoporosis, the appearance and progression of osteoporotic fractures, and related disability and mortality, as well improve the quality of life for people with osteoporosis fractures.

19.10.2005

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Bulgaria
Bulgarian League for the Prevention of Osteoporosis

BLPO Activities for 2005 and WOD 2005

In 2005, the Bulgarian League for Prevention of Osteoporosis (BLPO) made great progress with a survey conducted among 150 physicians and 300 osteoporosis patients about their therapeutic attitudes and preferences concerning osteoporosis. The survey was conducted in August and then presented at a press conference in cooperation with the Association for Clinical Densitometry and the Bulgarian Association for Menopause and Andropause. In the survey, they found that osteoporosis treatment is most often discontinued because of its high cost, and that only 20% of the patients continued with their medication after one year.
Additionally, for World Osteoporosis Day, the BLPO organized a training course for 28 members of both the print and electronic media. The sessions were successful and were made more interesting with practical exercise time. QUS measurements of the participants were made as well.

08.11.2005

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China
China Osteoporosis Foundation (COF)

Free bone density testing and risk assessment offered for World Osteoporosis Day

For World Osteoporosis Day 2005 the Chinese Osteoporosis Foundation, supported by Roche Pharmaceuticals offered free diagnostic services in some big hospitals in Beijing and Shanghai to make the public become more aware of the long-neglected disease. In addition, between October 15 and November 15 in 37 hospitals in Beijing and Shanghai, 400,000 leaflets of the "One Minute Risk Test" will be distributed to people for a fast and convenient osteoporosis risk evaluation.

According to the fifth national census in 2000, about 88,260,000 people suffer from primary osteoporosis, making China the country with the highest number of osteoporosis patients in the world. The annual medical cost for the group of people affected by the disease is estimated to be about 15 billion yuan (US.84 billion), not to mention the major strain it causes on the national healthcare programme.

"In the past, we did not give too much attention to osteoporosis. But more and more clinical experiences proved that osteoporosis-related bone fractures were much harder for us to fix," said Dang Gengting, director of the Orthopaedics Department of the Third Hospital of the Peking University.

The overall prevalence of broken bones is higher in women, according to Meng Xunwu, director of the endocrine department of Peking Union Medical College Hospital.

One in three women over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures. In women over 45 years of age, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, heart attacks and breast cancer.


In Shanghai, three-fourths of the osteoporosis patients never visit a doctor, and only 2 per cent of the patients undertake treatment, according to Zhu Hanmin, director of the Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Centre in Huadong Hospital in Shanghai.
There are only about 400 bone mineral density test machines around the country, so a "One Minute Risk Test" can be another effective tool to evaluate the bone health. The test only needs the respondents to answer nine questions. If all or part of their answers were "yes," they would be recommended to receive a bone mineral density test.

25.10.2005

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China
Osteoporosis Committee of China Gerontological Society

Senior citizens climb Precious Stone Hill for WOD


On October 18th in conjunction with World Osteoporosis Day, the Osteoporosis Committee of China Gerontological Society(OCCGS) co-organized with Hangzhou Binuo Biology Technology Co.,Ltd.(China)an event in which nearly 300 senior citizens climbed the Precious Stone Hill. In addition, an educational lecture on osteoporosis prevention and bone strength was in a teahouse on the top of the hill.


19.10.2005

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Colombia
Liga Colombiana de Lucha contra la Osteoporosis

WOD celebrated in Bogotá with exercise, dancing


To celebrate World Osteoporosis 2005, the Liga Colombiana de Lucha contra la Osteoporosis held a large public event in Parqué Simon Bolivar, one of the most important parks in Bogota. Around 3000 people were able to see a gymnastics demonstration and dance to the Erika Ender song "Un Cuerpo Sano." 600 people were also able to receive a free bone densitometry test in the park. Several press agencies were present at the event and IOF advertisements were broadcast as well, reaching even more Colombians.

29.11.2005

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Czech Republic
Czech Osteoporosis League

Czech societies unite to celebrate WOD 2005

To celebrate WOD 2005, four differnt WOD activities were held by the Czech National Osteoporosis Forum (CNOF), an umbrella organisation uniting both IOF members, the Czech Society for Metabolic Skeletal Diseases and the Czech Osteoporosis League.

First a press conference was held on October 14 about awareness and possibilities of osteoporosis prevention with accent to physical activity, with 24 journalists present. Short lectures were presented Dr Milan Cabrnoch, MEP, member of European Parliament´s Osteoporosis Interest Group; Dr Milan Bayer, scientific secretary of Czech Society for Metabolic Skeletal Diseases; Dr Aleš Skøivánek, member of Committee of Czech Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics; and Olga Šípková, former world champion in aerobics.

On Thursday, October 20, WOD and osteoporosis was discussed on a morning TV program.

The same day, public hours of aerobics were organised under surveillance of experienced instructors at several Czech cities. The dairy industry supported this event with dairy products – yoghourts.

On November 10, a seminar about epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis was held at Czech parliament (with participation of Dr Milan Cabrnoch, MEP; Prof Vladimír Palièka, president of Czech Society for Metabolic Skeletal Diseases).

20.10.2005

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Czech Republic
Czech Society for Metabolic Skeletal Diseases

Czech societies unite to celebrate WOD 2005

To celebrate WOD 2005, four differnt WOD activities were held by the Czech National Osteoporosis Forum (CNOF), an umbrella organisation uniting both IOF members, the Czech Society for Metabolic Skeletal Diseases and the Czech Osteoporosis League.

First a press conference was held on October 14 about awareness and possibilities of osteoporosis prevention with accent to physical activity, with 24 journalists present. Short lectures were presented Dr Milan Cabrnoch, MEP, member of European Parliament´s Osteoporosis Interest Group; Dr Milan Bayer, scientific secretary of Czech Society for Metabolic Skeletal Diseases; Dr Aleš Skøivánek, member of Committee of Czech Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics; and Olga Šípková, former world champion in aerobics.

On Thursday, October 20, WOD and osteoporosis was discussed on a morning TV program.

The same day, public hours of aerobics were organised under surveillance of experienced instructors at several Czech cities. The dairy industry supported this event with dairy products – yoghourts.

On November 10, a seminar about epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis was held at Czech parliament (with participation of Dr Milan Cabrnoch, MEP; Prof Vladimír Palièka, president of Czech Society for Metabolic Skeletal Diseases).

20.10.2005

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France
Groupe de Recherche et d'Information sur les Ostéoporoses (GRIO)

Be active to strengthen your bones

For World Osteoporosis Day 2005, the Research and Information Group on Osteoporosis (GRIO) organized about twenty meetings across France, held from from October 15 to 22, to explain the important role of physical activity in osteoporosis prevention.

GRIO and specialists have organized workshops, games, etc. to explain the benefit of physical activity in building string bones, to give advice and to convince people to practice a regular exercise to preserve their bone capital.

The WDO 2005 program is available on GRIO Website: www.grio.org

20.10.2005

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Germany
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteologie

Osteoporosis talk in a diplomatic setting, lecture at the University of Tiflis, Georgia.

“Osteoporosis is a global disease, that needs close international cooperation” stated Professor Heinrich Resch. Prof. Resch is head of the Second Medical Department, Hospital of the Merciful Sisters, Vienna, president of the German Society of Osteology (DGO) (an IOF member society) and board member of the Osteoporosis self-help group, Vienna.

Prof. Resch's talk was held to commemorate World Osteoporosis Day at an official reception held by Sandra Roeloft Saakashvili, wife of the president of Georgia. The reception was attended by the wives of high-level diplomats and representatives from the state of Georgia. In addition a lecture was given at the Medical Department of the University of Tiflis about the latest scientific advances in the field of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the third most common disease in Europe. Fractures caused by osteoporosis result in suffering, limitations of mobility and european wide costs of about 3,5 billion Euro. Yet only 1 of 10 patients in Europe receives adequate treatment. The reasons are the poor public knowledge about the disease, and the fact that osteoporosis does not show significant symptoms that would lead patients to their doctors - until a fracture occurs.

In his talk Prof. Resch called for a global change in attitude towards the prevention of the disease and european-wide cooperation in the treatment of the “silent bone thief” osteoporosis.



Prof.Resch together with Sandra Roeloft Saakashvili, the wife of the president of Georgia and Exc. Fabricio Romano, Italian Ambassador with Nancy his wife



The American Ambassador and the Georgian Minister of Economics

20.10.2005

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Germany
Kuratorium Knochengesundheit

Move it or Lose it! - Berlin enthusiastically celebrated World Osteoporosis Day 2005



Entertainment and encouragement to take exercises - senior ballet dancers, men at the age of 70 and older!

For World Osteoporosis Day 2005 the Kuratorium Knochengesundheit e.V. initiated a huge public event in Berlin. It was held on Friday, October 21, and conducted by the Kuratorium's president, Dr. Jutta Semler, in coopertation with other important umbrella organizations, like the "Berufsverband der Fachärzte für Orthopädie" (BVO, orthopaedic surgeons), the "Osteoporose-Selbsthilfegruppen-Dachverband" (OSD, patient support groups), the Immanuel Krankenhaus Berlin (hospital were Dr. Semler is head doctor), the German section of the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD), the "Deutscher Nordic Walking and Inline Verband" (DNV), the Kieser Training GmbH (fitness centres) and the "Berliner Turnerbund" (gym association).



The halls were crowded. About 2000 vistors came to join in diverse risk and fitness tests, to talk and listen to experts and physicians, to learn about the importance of exercises, to take a Nordic BONE Walking-Workshop and to enjoy Tai Chi and other exercise related activities ...

New: On World Osteoporosis Day 2005 the Kuratorium Knochengesundheit e.V. and the "Deutscher Nordic Walking und Inline Verband" (DNV) started a new initiative, called Nordic BONE Walking. It set up a special training course for physiotherapists and other professionals teaching exercises. The event in Berlin gave a first insight in what Nordic BONE Walking is about:

Click here for more information about Nordic BONE Walking



Rosi Mittermaier (former worldchampion in skiing, now figurehead of Nordic Walking) initiates visitors into Nordic BONE Walking & Fitness.



At a Nordic BONE Walking-workshop.



Nordic BONE Fitness.

Dr. Jutta Semler and Prof. Helmut W. Minne and many other experts gave lectures about the importance of exercises:



Patients and other vistors interestingly listening to lectures given by Prof. Helmut W. Minne, Dr. Jutta Semler and other experts.



Prof. Helmut W. Minne giving a lecture about the importance of exercises.

The vistors enjoyed the new WOD song, written and presented by Erika Ender:



Visitors enthusiastically exercising with watching Erika Ender's music video and listening to the WOD song.

Everybody had fun with the special presentation of senior ballet dancers:



Entertainment and encouragement to take exercises - senior ballet dancers, men at the age of 70 and older!



Senior ballet dancers, women and men at the age of 70 and older. With Rosi Mittermaier, former worldchampion in skiing, and Dr. Jutta Semler, president of the Kuratorium Knochengesundheit e.V.

The event was very successful - due to diverse and free risk and fitness tests, to many exercises related activities and last but not least to Rosi Mittermaier, our celebrity. Many papers wrote about the event. At prime time the same day Berlin TV reported on it.



From right to left: Dr. Jutta Semler, president of the Kuratorium Knochengesundheit e.V. Dr. Christian Günther, member of the board. N.N., a patient who was selected to get a free health resort at Dr. Günther's hospital. Rosi Mittermaier, former worldchampion in skiing and now figurehead of Nordic Walking. Eberhard Schlömmer, Nordic Walking Masterinstructor.

Apart from World Osteoporosis Day the Kuratorium Knochengesundheit e.V. is all over the year very much engaged with advocacy on behalf of the National Initiative against Osteoporosis (NIO)

Click here for more information about the NIO

... and also with diverse awareness campaigns addressing patients as well as physicians.



Brochure explaining the guidelines' recommendations to patients and other lay people - including a detailed risk test, diagnosis, treatment, prevention.

Click here for more information from the Kuratorium Knochengesundheit e.V.

10.11.2005

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation

Group exercise event held in Hong Kong on October 16th.




Physiotherapist, Anthony Kwok, leading the "Thousand People Osteoproosis Group Exercise" with Dr. Edith Lau, President of HKOF, Dr. TP Ip, the Hon. Secretary of OSHK and the local popular singers

The Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation joined with the Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong to hold the WOD 2005 - Fit and Health 'Bone' Carnival at the Olympian City 2, Kowloon, Hong Kong on Sunday 16 October.

The event, "Thousand People Group Osteoporosis Exercise" was well attended by people of all ages.

Dr. TH Leung, the Deputy Director of the Health Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government officiated the Opening Ceremony of the carnival.




The diet consultation and BMI measurement booths


Women took good self-initiatives to look after their BONE HEALTH. The WOD 2005 also attracted lot of participation from men as well. Participants were lining up for the carnival show bags which contained information on osteoporosios education and prevention.


Quizz on what type of exercises good for osteoporosis? Good response from the participants.

24.10.2005

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Hong Kong
Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong

Group exercise event for WOD in Hong Kong

The Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong will join the Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation to hold a WOD 2005 event at Olympian City/Kowloon on Sunday 16 October.

The event, "Thousand People Group Osteoporosis Exercise" , will celebrate WOD 2005 with the theme "Exercise and Osteoporosis". Support will be received from the Metro Broadcast Corp of Hong Kong.

Further details will be posted soon.

06.09.2005

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Iceland
Beinvernd – The Icelandic Osteoporosis Foundation

World Osteoporosis Day 2005 seminar with Minister of Health

Beinvernd´s TV ad appeared on the three main TV channels. A print ad appeared in the two of the most read newspapers and also as a poster which was posted in public places and buildings.

A new booklet on physical exercise and osteoporosis was published as was the year's second newsletter.

A seminar was held on physical exercise and osteoporosis for professionals in the field of human movement and exercise, such as physiotherapists, physical education teachers and trainers and exercise specialists. The Seminars agenda as follows:

13:00-13:15 Opening by the Minister of Health

13:15-14:00 A lecture given by Dr. Ornolfur Valdimarsson, MD., P.hD.

14:00-14:45 A lecture given by Sigridur Lara Gudmundsdottir, Cand.Polit.

14:45-15:00 Coffee break and calcium rich refreshments

15:00-15:45 A lecture given by Ella Kolbrun Kristinsdottir, Ass. Professor

15:45-16:00 Adjournment

The seminar was very successful and attracted media attention.



Participants, mostly allied health professionals, at World Osteoporosis Day seminar



Minister of Health Jon Kristjansson spoke at the seminar



Poster and advertisement

08.09.2005

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Indonesia
Indonesian Healthy Bone Foundation (PERWATUSI)

PERWATUSI active in 2005, promote osteoporosis awareness in many ways

In 2005, PERWATUSI concentrated on promoting policy changes and also focused on spreading the message about osteoporosis prevention. Their various events raised awareness about osteoporosis in Indonesia and helped to educate the population.
POLICY: PERWATUSI, in cooperation with PEROSI, developed an informative document about the three-year program to invite sponsors to aid the fight against osteoporosis in Indonesia. Additionally, PERWATUSI created a Women Leaders Roundtable with nine prominent women members from various fields and six PERWATUSI members. This group will work towards encouraging the government to consider osteoporosis as a top health priority.
EDUCATION: PERWATUSI’s Outreach Education in 2005 consisted of three training sessions designed to educate tutors or instructors on osteoporosis and many related issues. These were well-attended and beneficial to those involved.
WOD 2005: World Osteoporosis Day in Indonesia was marked by several informative events in September 2005. First was the opening of the campaign in a busy plaza in the center of the city, led by the Minister of Health. PERWATUSI took part in the Bone Fair, where they were able to distribute information about osteoporosis. There were also several activities conducted with the Ministry of Health and PEROSI. The peak celebration for the day took place on October 20th at the State Palace with the President and the First Lady.
A public seminar was held on September 17th in cooperation with PEROSI that attracted 300 participants with the topic “Early Awareness to Prevent Osteoporosis, to Create a Healthy Bone Society.” It was a very informative seminar with many different aspect of osteoporosis under discussion.

07.11.2005

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Iran
Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center

EMRC's widespread activities on World Osteoporosis Day in Iran



20 October 2005

EMRC organized a series of programs to spread the critical role of exercise for being healthy and have strong bones among different age groups via appropriate physical activity through 2005 IOF message" MOVE IT OR LOSE IT".

Activities for children and adolescents:

Regarding the young population of our country this program took place in Child Auditorium with participation of hundreds of children from different parts of Tehran in the mean age of 7-14 for emphasizing on peak bone mass and insisting on regular physical activities in schools with the aim of famous coaches and well known, attractive faces for this age group. Different stations were designed for art works and bone, claying station in which the children were demanded to make family baskets to carry healthy food for bones. Distinguished painting and clay works were rewarded by EMRC and three over 50 of the family members' winners were promised for free of charge BMD at EMRC. Amusing group exercises with the aim of famous and familiar children celebrities and TV program faces were organized. Show cases and skits were also demonstrated for more impressive impact. Besides a package of amusing educational materials and posters sent to a number of schools and students were aroused to morning exercise by their teachers.

Professional Interview at EMRC with a wide mass coverage:
Interviewers form different news stations were invited to EMRC to spread the word of "Move it or Lose it" to public. The program and also the question and answer session was managed perfectly by Professor Larijani "EMRC Director and Chief Scientific Officer" and his team of osteoporosis professionals and broadcasted by different TV & radio channels several times. Moreover according to IOF recommendations for prevention and treatment osteoporosis for different age groups and genders public and customized educational materials were prepared and published in the highest impacted newspapers and Journals.


For aged people:
Health is vital to maintain well-being and quality of life in older age, and is essential if older citizens are to continue making active contributions to society. Of course one of the important factors lead to be an enjoyable experienced human is not to quit active life in older ages .So we intended to invite the grand mums and dads in their Auditorium and arranged a variety of educational programs included training sessions with EMRC professionals. In this session it was focused that "The older people become, the more they need regular exercise. It helps prevent bone loss (reducing the risk of fractures) and reduces the risk of dozens of diseases associated with aging. It also increases muscle strength and may improve balance and coordination, which can reduce the likelihood of falling. It also increases the ability for basic living, making it easier to carry grocery bags, get up from a chair and take care of household chores. Being physically active is a real key in maintaining quality of life and independence. These subjects were presented by short films, power point and teasers for better impression. Moreover One Minute Risk Test, BMD for high risk people, amusing competitions and all together exercise has been performed by EMRC team.



Activities on Friday praying ceremony:
This religious public ceremony takes place every Friday morning over the country. The subjects and program are presented during this event always have a great impression on people and recognize prominently. So, EMRC team arranged Osteoporosis camping in the ceremony venue and held various programs consisted, One minute risk test, distributing educational brochures and pamphlets, showing osteoporosis and exercise teaser, and answering to FAQ about osteoporosis with the aim of trained staffs of EMRC.

For Sport Teachers:
As the first line of publicizing exercise habit among children and insist in implementing regular weight bearing physical activity promotion like jumping and jogging in schools for as much as peak bone mass attaining esp. in girls, EMRC team planned a program in Women Sport Department venue. Informative brochures and pamphlets were distributed; BMD and blood samplings were performed for more studies on athletes bone and bone health indicators.




Osteoporosis Team, EMRC

22.12.2005

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Italy
Italian Association of Osteoporosis Patients (AIPOS)

World Osteoporosis Day 2005 ‘Move it or lose it’ – ‘Sport for stronger bones’



To support the World Osteoporosis Day theme of exercise ('Move it or lose it'), the Italian Association of Osteoporosis Patients and partners held an ambitious event in coordination with major football associations in Italy


1. Day dedicated to osteoporosis in major football stadiums in Italy
Sunday September 11, 2005


Osteoporosis was highlighted during the national football (soccer) league games on Sunday September 11. Football is the most popular sport in Italy, one which undoubtedly attracts the greatest public attention. The official patronage of the most important national football associations (Lega Calcio, AIC-Associazione Italiana Calciatori), FIGC-Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio) guaranteed broad coverage of the event in every type of media. The sport journalists covering the games for the major TV networks were given a bracelet with the words 'Move it or Lose it'.



2. Media campaign

A press conference was held on Tuesday August 30th in conjunction with the national football team’s game. The event was held in the Museo del Calcio di Coverciano (Soccer museum in Florence). Taking advantage of the presence of the national team, the event maximized the visibility and interest of the national media already present in Florence for the occasion.



Speakers at the press conference included:Prof. Maria Luisa Brandi,Paolo Rossi (the renowned player who secured the World Championship for Italy in 1982), Enrico Castellacci (doctor to the Italian national soccer team),Enrico Rossi (Health official of the Toscan region); Prof.Renè Rizzoli, Chair of IOF's Committee of Scientific Advisors. The event was moderated by Marino Bartoletti.


The press conference was followed by a lunch, and then a dinner held at the magnificent Agriturismo Poggio Cennina (hosted by owner, Paolo Rossi) http://www.poggiocennina.com. This was followed by a soccer game between several players of the 1982 World Champion team and national sport journalists.


3. Media Coverage

In addition to magazine and newspaper coverage, a series of television interviews were held. These featured Paolo Rossi and Prof. Maria Luisa Brandi, professor of endocrinology and leading researcher in metabolic bone diseases who is a member of IOF’s Committee of Scientific Advisors.

11.05.2005

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Italy
Lega Italiana Osteoporosi (LIOS)

WOD 2005 'non mollare l'oso' campaign

The “Lega Italiana Osteoporosi” (LIOS) carried out a WOD campaign under the slogan “don’t let go of your bone” (rough translation of an Italian saying ‘non mollare l’oso) attracted great media coverage, with reports appearing in ten national newspapers and on two radio stations.The radio spots featured voice overs by celebrities.

To encourage movement and physical activity, the society produced step counters which were distributed at different meetings. 60 fitness centers across the country also participated in the WOD campaign.

LIOS also published 20000 diaries that included a different recipe for each month, a note book and a book featuring questions and answers on osteoporosis for the general public.

17.11.2005

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Japan
Japan Osteoporosis Foundation

World Osteoporosis Day poster features risk test

03.11.2005

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Palestine
Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Society

POPS marks World Osteoporosis Day 2005 with athletic activities involving people with disabilities



This poster, as well as a brochure on exercise, was distributed to mark World Osteoporosis Day 2005

World Osteoporosis Day 2005 was marked in Palestine by a full day of activity centered on the theme "Move it or Lose it!". Together with the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR) and the Bethlehem Sports Club of the Disabled (BSCD), leaders from the Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (POPS) led a ceremony and a presentation about sports and its importance for all people of all ages, with a special emphasis on children with special needs. After the presentation, 55 children with various types of disability participated in different kinds of sports activities demonstrating the ability of children with disabilities to take part in activities similar to their peers. There were also table tennis competitions held during the day for both disabled and non-disabled young people.

After the athletic activities were concluded, all the participants were invited to a dinner and a lecture about the importance of exercise in the prevention of Osteoporosis given by the president of POPS. After the lecture, a basketball game was held at Bethlehem Stadium between the wheelchair bound champions of Palestine and the first league champions of Palestine, with the wheelchair bound team achieving victory.

02.11.2005

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Panama
Fundacion de Osteoporosis y Enfermedades Metabolicas Oseas

Former Miss Universe exercises for World Osteoporosis Day with FOSEMO

To celebrate World Osteoporosis Day 2005, FOSEMO held a "chain of exercises" demonstration with an audience of mostly young people. FOSEMO's patron, former Miss Universe 2002 Justine Pasek, was there to exercise with the students as well.


Former Miss Universe Justine Pasek poses with nurses and physiotherapy school students on World Osteoporosis Day.

10.11.2005

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Republic of Macedonia
Macedonian Osteoporosis Foundation

Round table held to raise awareness about osteoporosis

In honor of World Osteoporosis Day 2005, the Macedonian Osteoporosis Association organized a round table with two important themes. The first was conquering osteoporosis through prevention and the second was the role of the MOA in society. Several people were in attendance at the round table, such as a female member of Parliament, two popular singers, a former professional swimmer with osteoporosis and several media representatives. It was an important step for the organization to attract attention from Parliament in regards to future policy on the fight against osteoporosis.
In addition, a recent donation of two ultrasound units from the pharmaceutical firm Hoffman La Roche was promoted at the conference by measuring the bone mass of all members of the round table. The round table proved to be very successful in raising awareness about osteoporosis and the MOA.

07.11.2005

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Romania
Association for Prevention of Osteoporosis in Romania (ASPOR)

Dancing events for the elderly attract huge participation - with attendance by tennis great Ilie Nastase

Guide your parents OUTDOORS ! is ASPOR's slogan, trying to touch individuals' responsibility regarding their parents' health.


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In many cities of Romania, where ASPOR has support groups, discotheques were open for the 3rd generation on the 20th of October.Well publicized in the news and extremely successful, the pan-discotheque events attracted large and happy crowds of older adults. The great tennis player Ilie Nastase took part as did other sport celebrities who were recruitment-officers for the event.



Ilie Nastase, who attended the WOD event, also spoke in a public service announcement for ASPOR

25.10.2005

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Singapore
Osteoporosis Society (Singapore)

BONE UP mass workout successful - help line available

The OSS partnered with the Singapore Sports Council and several women's organisation to conduct a Bone Up Mass Workout entitled BE AN ACTIVE WOMAN on 13 November 2005. Some 6000 women over the age of 40 participated in this event.




A hotline has been open from 12 October to assess the risks of women over the age of 40 using the Osteoporosis Self Assessment Tool for Asian Women (OSTA) chart.

Callers with high risk or medium risk with additional risk factors are entitled to a DXA scan at a very special discounted rate. This is made possible by the hospitals that have come forward to give their strong support for this worthy cause.

07.10.2005

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Slovenia
Slovene Osteoporosis Patient Society

Hugely successful World Osteoporosis Day event at Llubljana Castle

"WOD 2005 in Slovenia was a great professional, media and public success," said Dusa Zore of the Slovene Osteoporosis Patient Society.The Society, which won the IOF Linda Edwards Memorial Award prior to WOD, was pleased to welcome Professor Juliet Compston, IOF Board Member, to speak on the occasion.

An evening event was held on October 18, 2005 at Ljubljana Castle for VIP's, decisionmakers, media and celebrities.It was attended by the Secretary for State for Health, the Mayor of Llubljana and an MEP who is a member of the EU Osteoporosis Interest Group.A fashion show (models were members of the patient society and the clothes were loaned by a local store) was another highlight of WOD. A second event, held on October 22nd for society members, attracted an audience of some 600 participants.

The WOD events attracted significant media coverage on TV and radio as well as numerous regional interviews.

25.10.2005

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South Africa
National Osteoporosis Foundation

Press briefing on World Osteoporosis Day

The National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa
held a press briefing in support of World
Osteoporosis Day 2005 on the 20th of October, 2005.

Chaired by founding NOFSA Chairman, Tereza Hough, this news and features briefing launched:

* The Friends of NOFSA, a Fund raising element for this volunteer society dedicated to fighting one of the world's most common and devastating chronic diseases. In South Africa, osteoporosis - which causes the bones to weaken and break easily - strikes one in three women over 50 (more than breast cancer) and one in five men (more than prostate cancer), heedless of race, class, gender and, often, age. Within one year after a hip fracture, up to 20% of people die, 15- 20% need to be institutionalised and 50% of the remainder will not be able to lead an independent life.

* The Wishbone Symbol


* 'Move It or Lose It - Invest In Your Bones: A new report into how exercise helps to build and maintain strong bones, prevent falls and fractures, and speed rehabilitation. Written by Helmut W Minne on behalf of the International Osteoporosis Foundation Committee of Scientific Advisors, the report starts a worldwide three-year lifestyle campaign dedicated to prevention, treatment and care, with exercise the theme of this year's programme and nutrition next.

* In support of NOFSA's new exercise report,
Planet Fitness will, on October 27, be holding the following bone-friendly gym classes: Pilates matwork at the Plattekloof gym (16:45), Ballin' around at Centurion (18:15), Pilates at Wanderers (18:00) and Tight Thighs and Tush at Nelspruit (17:00). The classes will be free, and donations will be forwarded to NOFSA, which, in return, will give out special bright blue NOFSA shoelaces.



'Fragility': photograph taken by Josie Boraine

16.10.2005

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Spain
Fundacion Hispana de Osteoporosi y Enfermedades Metabolicas (FHOEMO)

Public conference held for WOD 2005 in Madrid

On World Osteoporosis Day, a conference for the general public (with Queen Sofia as ‘President of Honour’) was held in Madrid. The conference was organized in cooperation with the Spanish societies AECOS AEEM and SEIOMM as well as the Spanish Federation of Saving Banks. The conference featured a question and answer session, risk test assessment and BMD testing. In addition, FHOEMO has held and will continue to hold, training programs, press conferences and information campaigns throughout the year.

17.11.2005

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Switzerland
Swiss Association against Osteoporosis

Special osteoporosis supplement appears in leading Swiss newspaper

For World Osteoporosis Day, the Osteoporosis Council of Switerland issued a special supplement on osteoporosis in the Sunday issue of NZZ, one of Switzerland's leading newspapers.

The Council was founded in February 2004 by the patient society donna mobile and the Swiss Association Against Osteoporosis, with support from the General Practitioners’ Association and five industry partners. The eight-page supplement is part of the Council's campaign to increase public awareness of osteoporosis
and falls prevention among the general
population.

03.11.2005

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Syria
Syrian National Osteoporosis Society (SYNOS)

World Osteoporosis Day exhibition draws crowds

The Scientific Council for Osteoporosis and Skeletal Disease organized an exhibition "Preventing Osteoporosis" on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October to coincide with World Osteoporosis Day.

The exhibition posters,written in both Arabic and English, were sent to all embassies and cultural centres as well as to headmasters of schools to encourage "field trips" to the exhibition. Arabic, English and French speaking doctors were present at the exhibition at all times to answer questions.



The three-day exhibition was well attended by young and old.



Dr.Gemma Adib and Dr. Hikmat Abou Samra speak to visitors at the exhibition

In addition, greetings cards for World Osteoporosis Day were sent to many doctors, hospitals, physiotherapists and pharmacies.

The Council will be issuing another brochure to follow on from the one printed in 2004. It will have information about osteoporosis in men, fractures and exercise.The Council thanks Aventis and Novartis who have provided an educational grant to help with the production of the brochures.

The exhibition will be extended beyond Damascus with the aim of showing it around the country, including plans to show it in Aleppo, Latakia and Homs during 2006.

The WOD activities follow an active year in which representatives of the Council attended meetings in Amman, Jordan and Beirut. There has been an increasing focus on professional education, with talks on the lastest ideas and treatments in osteoporosis given to health professionals in the field of orthopaedics, rheumatology, endocrinology and gynaecology.

25.10.2005

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Thailand
Thai Osteoporosis Foundation

Walking event in Lumpini Park attended by 2500 people

World Osteoporosis Day with its theme, 'Move it or Lose it', was marked by the Thai Osteoporosis Foundation in a group walking event held at Bangkok's Lumpini Park. Although held at 6:00 in the morning, the event attracted 2500 people. All were eager to catch a glimpse of Her Highness Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat, who was the official chairperson of the WOD event and who presided at the opening ceremony which took place at Yoawaraj Pavilion. After a speech by TOPF President Dr. Khunying Kobchitt Limpaphayom and the opening by Her Highness Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat, the walking program began. This was followed by an exhibition on osteoporosis and healthy products displayed at Piromphakdhi Pavilion. After the 7:40 departure of Her Highness Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat, the walking program continued, with free food and drink offered to participants. An expert talk on osteoporosis, which focused on the role of exercise in bone health and the experience of osteoporosis from a patient perspective, was held at 8:10 until 9:00.



At the start of the 6:00 walk at Lumpini Park.


The crowds lined up to wait the arrival of the royal princess


The Royal Princess was presented with gifts


Thai Oseoporosis Foundation President Dr. Kobchitt accompanies the princess

The Princess was given a bone mineral density test

25.10.2005

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Turkey
The Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism of Turkey (SEMT)

Public osteoporosis conference held for World Osteoporosis Day 2005

For World Osteoporosis Day a conference to promote public awareness of osteoporosis was held by the Socity of Prevention of Osteoporosis and Solidarity of Osteoporotic Patients (SOPSOP) - a patient-oriented subsociety of SEMT.

The conference was organized in collaboration with the Municipality of Beypazarz, a village outside of Ankara where a large part of the population lives by farming. Approximately 200 people attended the conference which was followed by an interactive question and answer session. Ayran, a beverage consisting of diluted yoghurt was served to the attendees. BMD testing was offered free of charge to those at risk (about 40 people).

16.11.2005

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Turkey
The Society of Life with Osteoporosis

World Osteoporosis Day-2005 Activities of The Society of Life with Osteoporosis(SLO)

A scientific meeting was held for practitioners, family physicians and physiatrists in Erzurum on the 20th of October.



The day after a second meeting was held for the public. The meetings was organised with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation(PM&R) Department of Atatürk University.The participants underwent BMD tests free of charge.




This service was further given in the outpatient clinic of Atatürk University PM&R Department.Medical counseling and advice was given to people who had BMD tests.
Our Society prepared a booklet which is called "Osteoporosis and Exercise" and distributed to the participants.

"Move it or Lose it" report was translated into Turkish and also distributed to the participants.


WOD-2005 posters were translated into Turkish.



01.11.2005

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Turkey
Turkish Osteoporosis Society

Wall climb in Istanbul organized by Turkish Osteoporosis Society attracts thousands for World Osteoporosis Day 2005

World Osteoporosis Day 2005 was celebrated by the Turkish Osteoporosis Society and Patient Society under the motto ‘Keep on Moving’.
A seven meter climbing wall was established in the middle of Taxim Square, which is one of the most crowded streets of Istanbul. Professor Sansin Tuzun climbed the wall first to encourage other people to climb with a symbolic bone attached to their back like a quiver.

The main concept of the event was to symbolize reaching the “peak bone mass” by climbing to the top of the wall. Professor Tuzun underlined the importance of physical activity and nutrition in achieving peak bone mass during childhood. ”Since we are rather a young population,” explained Prof. Tuzun “we should encourage young people to be active enough. That’s why we organised such an attractive activity especially for children.”
As more than 25 people climbed the wall within 2 hours, onlookers shouted “Take your bone up!”. Around 5,000 flyers about osteoporosis (and how to prevent it) were distributed in the area as well.

The celebration was completed with a Yoga and Flamenco show performed by osteoporotic patients later that evening.

02.11.2005

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USA
National Osteoporosis Foundation

NOF holds virtual fitness day on October 20th

On Thursday October 20th, 2005 the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) joined organizations around the world in celebrating World Osteoporosis Day to help raise awareness about the important role exercise plays in building peak bone mass and in maintaining bone health.

In the US, NOF held a "Virtual Fitness Day" to encourage all individuals to take personal responsibility and individual action to "Stand Tall Against Osteoporosis" and to build strong bones for life!

Participation were simply asked to perform their normal daily fitness routine on October 20th and help NOF raise awareness about the importance of osteoporosis and bone health.

"If you don't have a normal fitness routine it's time to get started and prevent osteoporosis as well as improve your overall health! Take the steps, park your car in the back corner of the lot or "walk the block" with friends!"

To participate in the event, visitors were asked to make an online pledge at www.nof.org.

31.10.2005

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Venezuela
Sociedad Venezolana de Menopausia y Osteoporosis

SOVEMO spreads osteporosis awareness message with poster campaign in Caracas Metro stations

As part of the recent World Osteoporosis Day event, SOVEMO is launching a campaign that will reach thousands of Venzuelans. SOVEMO is posting two posters in Caracas, Venezuela between December 2005 and March 2006. The first poster to be shown will have th message "OSTEOPOROSIS CAN STOP YOU."

The second poster's message is "TAKE CARE OF YOUR BONES METER BY METER." Both posters also have a detailed message about the risk factors of osteoporosis:

"If you are over 45, smoke or drink alcohol in excess, do not practice any physical activity with regularity, milk or yoghurt are not part of your daily diet or if you have recently have suffered fractures.... you might be suffering from Osteoporosis.

Talk to your doctor. Without healthy bones there is no life."


03.11.2005

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Yugoslavia
Yugoslav Osteoporosis Society

World Osteoporosis Day 2005

Description of World Osteoporosis Day activities to follow...



World Osteoporosis Day 2005 banner



One of the two posters displayed for World Osteoporosis Day 2005

31.10.2005

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