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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


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