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Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Society

P.O.P.S. teams up with National Basketball Association to focus on osteoporosis in men on World Osteoporosis Day 2004

P.O.P.S. will be organizing a men's first league basketball championship with the cooperation of the Palestinian Association of Basketball. Ten first league teams will compete at the Bethlehem International Basketball Stadium through the whole month of Ramadam and the final match will be on the first day of the Ramadam festivities.

Other activities include:

October 19 - A one-hour TV program will be aired on Bethlehem television, with a focus on male osteoporosis. A specialist in osteoporosis, a nutritionist, a male osteoporosis patient, and the president of the National Basketball Association will participate in the program.

October 20 - the first day of the championship. The opening ceremony will take place in the presence of the Palestinian Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Salah Ta'mari. Prior to the first game of the championship, a friendly game between physicians and sports clubs administrators will be held.

All team participants and the referees will wear P.O.P.S. T-shirts. Banners focusing on osteoporosis in men will be posted in the stadium the entire month.
Flyers on osteoporosis in men, featuring the one minute risk test, will be distributed to the public during the games and and posters will be displayed in all the participating sport clubs. Daily results of the games and scenes of the games will be shown on Bethlehem television.

A public meeting with lectures will be held at the sporting club (estimated number of participants 200) during which sport professionals will talk about the importance of exercise to bone health.

A closing ceremony with distribution of medals will be organized following the final game and it will be broadcast on Bethehem television.

05.10.2004


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