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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.


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