USBJI Celebrates 500th Fit to a T Session

May 10, 2013, 18:00 ET from United States Bone and Joint Initiative

ROSEMONT, Ill., May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fit to a T, the U.S. Bone & Joint Initiative's (USBJI) free public education program on bone health and osteoporosis, reached a milestone this week with the presentation of its 500th session.


The event took place at the Catonsville Senior Center in Catonsville, Maryland. USBJI thanks Laxmi Suryanarayana, PT, a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, who presented the session, the staff of the center who hosted the session, and all those who participated.

"We developed Fit to a T as a sustainable public education program, in response to the Surgeon General's Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis. Bone health has a significant impact on overall health for everyone, regardless of race or whether you are male or female.  Participants in the program learn how to maintain their bone health and how to identify their own risk factors for bone loss and osteoporosis. Being able to celebrate the 500th session demonstrates the continued public interest in this topic," says Kimberly Templeton, MD, president, USBJI and chair of the USBJI Fit to a T Task Force.

"We don't believe there are many programs of this type that have reached this milestone. The USBJI thanks all the healthcare presenters that developed this program and continue to keep it current, our program partners, those that have provided financial support to make it possible to offer the program free of charge, the hundreds of presenters and organizations who have held sessions, and the nearly 20,000 patients and members of the public that have participated in the sessions."

"More and more people are hearing about osteoporosis and low bone density.  This program provides information on the basics of bone health, factors that can lead to loss of bone, ways to avoid a fracture, and the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.  It also raises awareness of the impact of bone loss among people not typically thought to be at risk for developing osteoporosis, especially men and African Americans," Dr. Templeton said. 

Relevant to all ages, Fit to a T is targeted at men and women in their mid-40s to late 60s, as well as seniors and others who have had or are at risk of having a broken bone.

SOURCE United States Bone and Joint Initiative