May 1999 AAOS Report

Physician volunteers needed at walks

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) will hold one-to three-mile walks in nine cities June 5 to Nov. 6 to raise money for osteoporosis research and public education. As a national supporter of these events, the Academy is encouraging orthopaedic surgeons to place the NOF America Walks for Strong Women brochure in their offices and promote the walk to their patients, staff and family. Free copies of the brochure can be obtained by contacting Susan Koshy, AAOS, manager of state society and legislative affairs, (800) 346-2267, ext. 4314 or e-mail, koshy@aaos.org.

At each walk, NOF will hold a health fair which will be open to the general public as well as the walkers. The Academy will have an educational booth at the health fairs, where the public can pick up Academy patient education brochures. The Academy is seeking local physician volunteers to staff the educational booth at each walk. The Academy also is asking fellows to participate in the walks. "This is your chance as orthopaedic surgeons to increase public awareness of osteoporosis as well as your role in this disease process," said William W. Tipton Jr., MD, AAOS executive vice president.

The first America Walks for Strong Women will be held in Atlanta, June 5; followed by Indianapolis, June 26; Denver, Aug. 28; Nashville, Sept. 11; Washington, D.C., Sept. 18; Houston, Sept. 25; Chicago, Oct. 9; San Diego, Oct. 16; and Miami, Nov. 6. Those interested in volunteering can contact Susan Koshy for more information.


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