Challenging New Orleanians to Keep Their ‘Communities in Motion’

By: Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, and Kayee Ip

Fitness event empowers families to take control of their bone and joint health for life

On Tuesday evening, more than 200 children and adults ran, leapt, and jumped alongside more than two dozen “team docs” at the Communities in Motion event—an extension of the A Nation in Motion® campaign—held at Jefferson Playground, in Jefferson, La. The Academy-sponsored community project helped kick-off the Annual Meeting week in New Orleans.

In 2010, more than 300 AAOS and community volunteers gathered to help make a safe and accessible playground a reality at Jefferson Playground. This year, AAOS returned to the site to help empower children and adults to take control of their bone and joint health as well as have fun while exercising together.

“AAOS has been a leader in promoting healthy bone and joint behaviors and lifestyles,” said Jefferson Parish Council President Michael S. Yenni, as he presented a parish proclamation to the AAOS. “The Communities in Motion event aims to empower communities to take ownership of their own bones and joint health.”

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Trey Edmunds, New Orleans Saints running back, participates in Tuesday’s Communities in Motion fitness event.

He added, “One goal of my administration is to build safe and viable playgrounds in communities across the parish. Communities in Motion is an excellent example of the types of programs we want to see that help bring families together in a fun and safe environment.”

In addition to Mr. Yenni, other special guests included Jefferson Parish Councilman Paul Johnston, New Orleans Saints running back Trey Edmunds, Gumbo the mascot, and the Saintsation cheerleaders.

Orthopaedic surgeons know that keeping communities in motion now can help minimize their chances of developing obesity and problems with bones and joints later. During the event, children and adults rotated to one of six fast-paced, interactive physical activity stations and one nutrition station.

“Bone and joint health is a major component to living longer lives with an improved quality of life. It is important that we begin educating the community on how to take care of our joints and bones,” said Lyndsey Gonzalez, a physical therapist and Jefferson Playground volunteer coach.

“This is a great community,” said Frank Matise, a member of the Jefferson Playground Booster Club. “Everyone will remember what they learned at today’s Communities in Motion event, which will help them stay healthy in the future.”

Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, is the chair of the AAOS Communications Cabinet. Kayee Ip is the digital, public and media relations specialist in the AAOS communications department.

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The following individuals and organizations made generous donations in support of the 2018 Communities in Motion event:

$5,000

Dr. Alan and Gittel Hilibrand

Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

Zimmer Biommet

$2,000

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

$1,000

Aesculap, Inc.

Aetna Better Health of Louisiana

Association of Residency Coordinators in Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Basil and Amirra Besh

Drs. Dori and James Cage

DJO, LLC

Foundation for Orthopedic Trauma

Dr. Wayne and Cassandra Johnson

Dr. Tom and Debb Muzzonigro, in memory of Mr. Thomas S. Muzzonigro, Sr.

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses

Orchid Orthopedics Solutions

Dr. Gerald R. and Robin K. Williams

Other amounts

Dr. Michael and Yvonne Marks, in memory of Mr. Howard Marks

(As of Feb. 4, 2018)

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