Jeffrey M. Smith, MD, leads children in yoga exercises during the 2017 Communities in Motion event in San Diego.


Published 2/1/2018
Alan S. Hilibrand, MD

Communities in Motion Heads to New Orleans

Second annual patient education event will combine fitness and fun
According to a article, each New Year, nearly one in four Americans make resolutions that include improving their level of fitness and activity. On the first day of the 2018 AAOS Annual Meeting, we have an opportunity to help a New Orleans community do the same, and improve their bone and joint health in the process.

In 2017, the AAOS engaged children and parents with a pilot Communities in Motion event held during the Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Orthopaedic surgeon "Team Docs" worked alongside other health and fitness experts to educate and exercise with members of the local community. Through a series of interactive stations, Team Docs demonstrated how participants could strengthen their musculoskeletal frames. When participants completed the fitness challenges, they earned swag bags filled with educational materials, and portable exercise equipment to help guide them post-event.

This year in New Orleans, Communities in Motion will take place on Tuesday, March 6, from 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., on the site of the Academy's 2010 Family Fitness and Fun Park. During the event, orthopaedic surgeon and other volunteers will work together and do the following:

  • engage and empower more than 150 kids and adults in the Jefferson Parish community to take ownership of their bone and joint health—a 30 percent increase in community participation over the pilot program
  • educate them about the importance of exercise and movement
  • show them that exercise and fun are not mutually exclusive
  • demonstrate that orthopaedic surgeons help keep the world in motion through the prevention and treatment of bone and joint conditions

I encourage you to take part in the 2018 Communities in Motion event. There are two ways you can do so:

  1. Explore the different levels of giving, and how the Academy plans to recognize your generous contribution, at
  2. Participate in the event! It's an opportunity to work up your own cardio, show off your weight-training abilities, or demonstrate good stretching and core stability to the gathered community members. There are a limited number of volunteer opportunities available; for more information, email

Together, let's resolve to empower communities to build strong bones for life by having fun with exercise!

Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, chairs the AAOS Communications Cabinet.

The following individuals and organizations have already made generous donations in support of the 2018 Communities in Motion event in New Orleans:
(As of Jan. 16, 2018)

Dr. Alan and Gittel Hilibrand
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
Zimmer Biomet

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Aesculap, Inc.
Association of Residency Coordinators in Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Basil and Amirra Besh
Dr. Dori and James Cage
Dr. Wayne and Cassandra Johnson
Foundation for Orthopedic Trauma
National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses
Orchid Orthopedics Solutions
Dr. Gerald R. & Robin K. Williams

Other amounts
Dr. Michael and Yvonne Marks, in memoriam of Mr. Howard Marks