MEDIA ALERT: Orthopaedic surgeons challenge San Diego to keep their “Communities in Motion”

New community event empowers families to take control of their bone and joint health for life

PHOTO OPPS: Five ‘challenge’ stations featuring community members of all ages exercising and learning about activities to keep their bones and joints strong; kids and parents participating in each challenge station to master balance and flexibility, aerobic, core strengthening, upper body and lower body exercises.

WHAT: Orthopaedic surgeons from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) will pilot an interactive community event with San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) and Spring Valley East Community Center families. Communities in Motion—an extension of the Academy’s A Nation in Motion® campaign—will allow orthopaedic surgeons to give back to their Annual Meeting host city while showing how people of all ages and various abilities can have fun and exercise together to prevent injuries and build strong bones for life. The Communities in Motion event will kick-off the AAOS Annual Meeting held at the San Diego Convention Center March 14 to 18, 2017.

The event will feature six interactive challenge stations—five exercise-based stations, and one cooking demonstration station featuring bone and joint health-friendly ingredients.

WHERE: Spring Valley East Community Center, located at 3845 Spring Dr., in Spring Valley, Calif.

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 14, 2017

3:30 PM – Opening remarks; event kick-off
5:00 PM – Live nutrition station demonstration
5:30 PM – Closing remarks

WHY: Orthopaedic surgeons are the physicians who treat many people with bone and joint injuries, and physical disabilities. The goal of Communities in Motion is to show people of all ages that exercise can be fun and that they, too, can get up, get out and get moving.

SOUND BITE:  “One in five children in this country has obesity—that’s an estimated 9.3 million children. Those children have an 80 percent chance of becoming an adult with obesity. In fact, one in three adults now are diagnosed with the disease that impacts their bone and joint health. Exercise and nutrition can help improve a child’s balance, flexibility and strength, and that’s an integral component of building strong bones for life. Keeping kids, adults and communities in motion now helps minimize their chances of developing obesity, and bone and joint health issues later,” says orthopaedic surgeon Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD, 2016-2017 president of the AAOS.

SOUND BITE: “San Diego Youth Services is excited to partner with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on their “Communities in Motion” event. This unique interactive event will greatly benefit over 100 children and families from the communities we serve. We strongly believe that exercise and nutrition are critical components to the overall health of our youth. Thanks to all of the orthopaedic surgeons and staff of AAOS for organizing this incredible event. We appreciate your time, dedication and expertise!” says Walter Philips, Chief Executive Officer of San Diego Youth Services.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

San Diego Youth Services

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Kayee Ip, AAOS ● O: 847-384-4035 ● C: 312-543-3211 ●
Walter Philips, San Diego Youth Services ● O: 619-221-8601 ●
Mara Morrison, San Diego Youth Services ● O: 619-221-8600 x227 ●

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