Hundreds of thousands celebrate 'Move It or Lose It!'


World Osteoporosis Day 2005 a success

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world joined in the fight against osteoporosis and celebrated World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) 2005, the International Osteoporosis Foundation said today.

"IOF is delighted by how many people embraced the theme of 'Move it or Lose it!' as we encourage women and men to realize that they can take responsibility for their bone health and not be victims of osteoporosis later in life," said IOF Chief Executive Officer Daniel Navid.

In Berlin on World Osteoporosis Day, October 20, the IOF launched the popular report "Move it or Lose it How exercise helps to build and maintain strong bones, prevent falls and fractures, and speed rehabilitation" by Professor Helmut Minne. This report has been translated into more than 30 languages.

In other World Osteoporosis Day activities:

  • Seven beauty queens championed strong bones, the role of exercise, and the need for young girls to build strong bones through adequate exercise and healthy nutrition, at a media event in Bangkok, Thailand on September 27.
  • IOF released the song "Un Cuerpo Sano/A Healthy Body" by Erika Ender.
  • Ten public service announcements which featured international celebrities who urged people to take charge of their own bone health, avoid osteoporosis and "move it or lose it" were produced and broadcast throughout the world.
  • Many of IOF's 172 member societies in more than 80 countries, on all continents, conducted World Osteoporosis Day campaigns, reaching more than 50% of the world's population.
  • The number of media print impressions worldwide as a result of WOD activities is more than 32 million.

This year's WOD theme marked the beginning of a three-year "lifestyle" campaign, encouraging individuals to take responsibility for personal bone health. The World Osteoporosis Day 2006 theme "Bone Appetit" will focus on the role of nutrition in building strong bones and the prevention of osteoporosis.

Understanding and reducing personal risk factors for osteoporosis will be the theme for World Osteoporosis Day in 2007.

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