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AAOS Now

Published 2/1/2014

USBJI Healthcare Programs Promote Good Bone Health

Free public education programs focus on fragility fractures, arthritis

The U.S. Bone & Joint Initiative (USBJI) can help spread the word about the value of orthopaedic care with two free public education programs.

Fit to a T is especially targeted to men and women in their mid-40s to late 60s, as well as seniors and others who have had or are at risk for fragility fractures. The program’s primary goal is to educate people on bone disease before they break a bone. Participants also learn about the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.

Experts in Arthritis is aimed at people of all ages. It focuses on three of the most debilitating forms of arthritis—osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis—and provides people with information about care and treatment options. Experts in Arthritis can help raise awareness among patients and their family members about arthritis.

USBJI works with organizations to promote these public education programs in their communities, providing a healthcare presenter and supplying all of the materials needed for the one-hour programs. Sessions feature a PowerPoint presentation, question and answer segment, artwork for flyers and posters, and handout materials.

For more information on Fit to a T or Experts in Arthritis, including how to schedule a session in your community, visit www.usbji.org or contact Shari Maier at 847-430-5054.