February 1999 AAOS Report

Academy public education programs receive attention

Two of the Academy's newest public education programs-"Climb It Safe" and "Keep active and safe at any age"-have generated a lot of interest from the media and public. Several syndicated wire service stories have been developed about each program that have generated articles in many major newspapers throughout the U.S. In addition, the Academy has received more than 6,000 calls on its public service phone line-(800) 824-BONES-from the public requesting brochures on each program's topic. Introduced in 1998, the "Climb It Safe" public education program educates individuals about the danger of injuries associated with ladders and provides safety tips to consumers when using ladders at home. Introduced in April 1998, "Keep active and safe at any age" encourages people, especially those individuals age 65 and older, to remain active and to follow safety precautions while exercising and participating in recreational activities. Academy members can request a single copy of each brochure for preview purposes by contacting Pat Julitz, AAOS, department of communications, (800) 346-2267, ext. 4123. For large quantities, contact the Academy's customer service department, (800) 626-6726.

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