Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center
The Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center in Iran wins award for project "Constructing Strong Bones"
At the IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies in Bangkok, Thailand on September 30, 2005, the Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center in Iran was awarded an IOF-Novartis Osteoporosis Education Grant to the value of USD 10,000.
The award-winning project, called “Constructing Stronger Bones,” will target osteoporosis prevention in Irans’ large young population. Sport and physical activity in schools will be promoted in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical education as well as the Department of Sport. The EMRC will start by writing special curriculum in collaboration with osteoporosis experts and sport coaches. Intructional and motivational workshops will be held for sport teachers. This will include guiding teachers as to how to incorporate bone health materials for physical education and to involve students in every day weight bearing exercises. In addition, students will be encouraged to research and collect information about osteoporosis, peak bone mass, and physical activity and then to present their results in posters and papers. Outstanding work will be awarded by the EMRC. An educational program outside of school for some 1000 students will be organized on osteoporosis day. This will be well publicized and its impact will be extended across the country.
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