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World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) – History

Initiated in 1996 by the UK National Osteoporosis Society, WOD has been sponsored and promoted by the International Osteoporosis Foundation since 1997. In 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organisation played a significant role as a co-sponsor, thereby lending an even greater international weight to this annual event. The Bone and Joint Decade was an important co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day in 2000.

World Osteoporosis Day 2004
Osteoporosis in Men

World Osteoporosis Day 2004 focused on raising awareness about osteoporosis in men. Although it is now estimated that at up to one in five men over the age of 50 may be affected by osteoporosis, most people (and many doctors!) still view osteoporosis as a women's disease.

WOD 2004 Poster Mosaik WOD 2004 Poster Sign World Osteoporosis Day 2004 posters

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Read about World Osteoporosis Day 2004 Activities around the world

World Osteoporosis Day 2003
Quality of Life

The theme of World Osteoporosis Day 2003 was "Quality of Life". Fractures severely impact quality of life – vertebral and hip fractures in particular can cause long term disability and are also associated with a high rate of mortality among the elderly. The theme "Quality of Life" emphasizes both the serious impact of osteoporotic fractures and the importance of preventing fractures in order to maintain an independent and active lifestyle even in old age.

WOD Poster Runners WOD Poster Bike World Osteoporosis Day 2003 posters

(click on cover to download PDF)

Read about World Osteoporosis Day 2003 activities around the world

The international launch of the WOD poster and print advertising was held at a press conference in Hong Kong on October 17, 2003.

World Osteoporosis Day 2002

WOD poster

A wide range of activities were carried out by IOF members under the theme "Invest in your bones: Prevent the first fracture".

See list of national WOD events in 2002

World Osteoporosis Day 2001

In 2001, IOF carried out several international events, including:

List of national WOD events which took place around the world in 2001

World Osteoporosis Day video 2001

World Osteoporosis Day 2000

In 2000, IOF held an international press conference at the UN buildings in Geneva, including an "Osteobus" in which journalists could have their bones tested. The occasion was used to launch the First IOF-Alliance Osteoporosis Media Awards. IOF also co-organized a media workshop and press conference was held in Madrid Spain.

List of national WOD events which took place around the world in 2000

World Osteoporosis Day video 2000

World Osteoporosis Day 1999

In 1999 the 4th World Osteoporosis Day was held on October 20th on the theme "Early Detection". It was preceded by the October 11th IOF-WHO press conference in Lyon, held to launch the Interim Report and Recommendations of the World Health OrganizationTask Force for Osteoporosis. Attracting a large group of international journalists, this collaborative effort gave the recommendations of the WHO Task Force for Osteoporosis a high degree of media presence while providing valuable publicity for the upcoming World Osteoporosis Day.

The special WOD logo, symbolizing the "Will to Live", was first created by Lega Italiana Osteoporosi for WOD '99. It was the preferred logo design of three proposals submitted by that organization. IOF wishes to acknowledge Dr. Maria Luisa Bianchi, Secretary General of the Lega Italiana Osteoporosi, who coordinated the project and set a wonderful example of collaboration among members of the IOF network.

List of national WOD events which took place around the world in 1999

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