Get up! Move your body!
September 17, 2012
In an effort to promote mobility and daily exercise, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is urging the public to get active with their Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving! campaign.
“When activities and healthy lifestyle choices are incorporated into daily living, staying active becomes second nature,” said orthopedic surgeon and AAOS spokesperson John Purvis, M.D. “It can be as simple as making a list of fun, active things that you like to do. Then begin to make those things a part of everyday living. It is important to reach out to kids, because the younger people start moving, the more likely they are to continue that lifestyle into adulthood.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12.5 million children in the U.S. are obese. Obesity can affect a person’s mental, emotional, social and physical health. Physical activities help to combat these issues.
For example, weight-bearing activities cause bones to build more cells and become stronger. Without weight-bearing exercise, bone health is threatened, but individuals who are active everyday build strong bones for life.
The Academy is partnering with the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America to educate and empower people to get moving with television and print public service announcements.
The 60-second television ad “Sedentary,” humorously depicts all of the things that a child can do without moving. It is a light and memorable take to help raise awareness on the serious subject of obesity.
Jump start your mission to move by following some of the Academy’s mobility tips. To learn more about Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving!, visit OrthoInfo.