November 1998 AAOS Report

Academy promotes new program on ladder safety

Climb It Safe, the Academy's new public education program that provides information on using ladders safely, was launched at the eighth annual science writers and editors conference on Oct. 21 in New York City. The new program educates individuals about the danger of injuries associated with ladders and provides safety tips to consumers when using ladders at home. Academy member Joseph J. Pierz, MD, presented the program to the media attending the press conference. Other presentations included a discussion by Academy first vice president Robert D. D'Ambrosia, MD, on alternative joint pain therapies; a new study on the shoe buying habits of young girls by Carol C. Frey, MD; a discussion of how to select home exercise equipment by Nicholas A. DiNubile, MD; and information on osteoporosis prevention detailed by Laura L. Tosi, MD and Joseph M. Lane, MD. Stephen C. Conrad, MD, was moderator of the event. The media attending the conference included writers from UPI, Reuters, NY Newsday, Medical Post, Orthopedics Today, McCall's, Harper's Bazaar and other magazines.

A starter kit of 25 Climb It Safe brochures and fact sheets is available to Academy members who want to promote the program to patients and the public in their communities by contacting the Academy's communications department at (800) 346-2267, ext. 4123. Larger brochure quantities can be purchased by contacting the Academy's customer service department at (800) 626-6726.

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