Experience the “Communities in Motion” Virtual Park

3D replica showcases free, patient-friendly bone and joint health education materials

One in five U.S. children has obesity. Those children have an 80 percent chance of becoming adults with obesity. Orthopaedists know the disease of obesity greatly affects the musculoskeletal system and can lead to soft-tissue damage, osteoarthritis, and other life-long health conditions. This is why the Academy just launched a new resource called “Communities in Motion”—an extension of its A Nation in Motion® public awareness campaign—to continue to position orthopaedists as the leaders in bone and joint health.


Visit the 3D replica of the “Communities in Motion” virtual park in the Ballroom 6 Lobby, Level 2, outside of the Sails Pavilion.

A digital resource for physicians and patients
Communities in Motion provides an opportunity to empower children and families to take control of their bone and joint health. The goal is to show that people of all ages and abilities can have fun and exercise together to build stronger bones for life. The online resource, ANationInMotion.org/Communities, will house a virtual park with stations for different patient-friendly, bone and joint health educational materials and other tips for staying healthy and injury free. Animated graphics show how to perform exercises to strengthen different parts of the body.

Preview this new resource during the Annual Meeting at the 3D replica of the virtual park in the Ballroom 6 Lobby, Level 2, outside of the Sails Pavilion of the San Diego Convention Center. AAOS members can participate in Communities in Motion as orthopaedic experts. Scan your badge at the virtual park and staff will send you detailed information after the Annual Meeting. Participation in the campaign provides members with resources to use in promoting your practice or on social media.

If you are interested in supporting Communities in Motion by sharing an idea that might help further the Academy’s efforts to promote bone and joint health as well as injury prevention, please contact AAOS Communications Cabinet Chair Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, at ahilibrand@gmail.com or AAOS Public Relations Director Melissa Leeb at leeb@aaos.org