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AAOS is now on Facebook.com

By: Addy Kujawa

By Addy Kujawa

Take advantage of the exercise application on social networking site Facebook.com

More than 110 million people visit the Facebook Web site every week—most of them young, hip, and connected. Social networking through Web sites like Facebook.com is increasingly popular, enabling Web-savvy users to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

 

To reach this new social audience, the AAOS Public Relations Oversight Group and public relations department have created an exercise application called “Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving! Let’s Exercise!” The application is a mini Web site inside Facebook that enables Facebook members to take the following actions:

  • Set fitness goals (thus promoting weight-bearing exercises)
  • Track those goals
  • Join teams that can also set and track fitness goals
  • Challenge friends on Facebook to meet and/or beat personal or team goals
  • Compete with people from around the globe to earn points

The whole point of the game is to get players healthy, strengthen bones, and encourage participation in the game of life. Talk to your patients about this new opportunity—and take advantage of it yourself. You don’t have to be particularly computer literate to enjoy this application.

If you, your family, friends, peers, colleagues, or patients have a Facebook account, search for “exercise,” then click on the Applications tab, to view the AAOS application. Click on the icon, and follow the directions to upload the application to your Facebook profile. Now you’re ready to start inviting your friends to join you in setting goals and earning points.

In addition to the exercise game, the AAOS application also provides “healthy bones” tips, using a cartoon family of “Boneses” to deliver age-appropriate advice on diet, exercise, and injury prevention.

Try out both programs—the exercise game and the fitness tips—and encourage your staff, patients, friends, and family to sign on as well. Help spread the message about exercise and strong bones around the world and get your patients to Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving! And get back in the game of life!

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