Last month, I wrote about the upcoming launch of “Communities in Motion,” a new extension of the Academy’s A Nation in Motion ® public awareness campaign.
The program has two primary components: an in-person community event on March 14, during the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego, and an online resource, ANationinMotion.org/communities. Both components empower children and adults to take control of their bone and joint health by staying active and eating healthy.
The online and mobile-friendly resource will be live mid-March and features a virtual park filled with stations to represent different areas of the body. Each station highlights a variety of information to help guide patients and the public along on their journey to building better bone and joint health.
The site features animated graphics to illustrate sample exercises patients can do to strengthen different parts of the body, step-by-step video instructions by orthopaedic surgeons on how to perform sample exercises, inspiring patient stories, and AAOS-member–authored columns called Ortho-pinions.
To help generate new and useful content for the virtual park, we’re inviting AAOS members within various specialties to author bone and joint columns about the importance of eating healthy and staying active. The columns could focus on specific body parts: foot and ankle; hand and wrist; shoulder, arm and elbow; neck and spine; and hip, knee, and/or leg.
Columns should be fewer than 800 words and feature empowering or compassionate content. One approach might be to answer common questions that you are hearing from your patients. Column submissions will be reviewed by the Academy’s Communications Cabinet editorial panel.
Possible Ortho-pinion topics include the following:
- How patients with knee pain can remain active.
- The benefits of strengthening the lower body.
- How to get started in sports/activities that strengthen bones.
- The top five exercises every child should do.
Columns on other topics are also encouraged. For examples, search published Ortho-pinions at ANationInMotion.org/tag/Ortho-pinion
For information on how to submit an Ortho-pinion column, contact the Academy’s public relations department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan S. Hilibrand, MD,chairs the AAOS Communications Cabinet.