August 2004 Bulletin

U.S. Bone and Joint Decade aims to raise public awareness

National Awareness Week is Oct. 12-20

By Toby King

During the 2004 National Awareness Week, Oct. 12-20, the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) wants AAOS members to help focus attention on increasing public awareness of musculoskeletal conditions and their impact on American society. For example …

ready plans are underway for programs from California to New York and from Florida to Illinois. State legislatures in Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio have passed resolutions to promote bone and joint protection awareness activity during the week. In Ohio, the Decade’s Protect Your Bones program will be launched. This effort is aimed at raising awareness about bone and joint health in high schools. In Kansas, plans are being made around road safety, and also with local Girl Scout clubs.

Hospitals, private clinics and community events are also planning events. Shriners Hospitals for Children is spearheading a group of pediatric organizations promoting awareness of childhood musculoskeletal conditions. Doctors, nurses and teachers will be distributing materials to the public and patients on how they can become empowered and learn more about prevention activities and treatment options.

Get involved

Academy members can participate in a variety of ways. Here a just a few ideas:

Explain what the Bone and Joint Decade means on your Web site.

The USBJD has lapel pins, buttons, stickers, brochures and other materials available for your use. Simply e-mail your request to Be sure to include your address and the quantities you need. Information about National Awareness Week also is available on the Projects & Activites page of the Web site:

Toby King is executive director of the United States Bone and Joint Decade. He can be reached at 847-384-4010 or

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