World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day is set for October 19. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 126 million Americans are impacted by musculoskeletal conditions. Many of these cases are brought on by obesity developed during childhood. World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day highlights obesity, screening, and prevention. The day also looks at symptoms, treatment and economic impact.
World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day - History
A new U.S. report highlighted the problem
The report from the United States Bone and Joint Initiative estimated 126.6 million Americans are impacted by a musculoskeletal condition.
Studies show it is impacting workers worldwide
The Global Burden of Disease listed musculoskeletal conditions as the second highest contributor to global disability, behind lower back pain.
First Pediatric Bone and Joint Day
The first World PB&J Day focused on vitamin D deficiencies.
How to Observe World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day
1. Reach out to people
Don't feel like you need to give them advice, but at least offer them some resources that are available.
2. Spread the word
The Bone and Joint Initiative has printable posters on their website. Print a few out and spread them around your child's school, a neighborhood store, or community center. The two kinds of posters explain the basics of bone and joint health in both English and Spanish.
3. Get social
There are all kinds of online resources for families dealing with pediatric bone and joint problems. Help get those resources to the people that need them.
4 Tips To Protect Your Bones And Joints
1. Exercise if you are able
Staying active and stretching will help your bones and joints stay strong and loose. Building muscle will support them.
2. Eat a healthy diet
This includes fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, and other nutritious vitamins is essential to creating strong bones and joints.
3. Watch your weight
Keeping weight off puts less pressure on your bones and joints, which in turn keeps them healthy.
4. Know your limits
Overdoing it can be costly. Make sure you are staying aware of your body and addressing any aches and pains.
Why World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day is Important
A. We have much to learn
Children around the world experience bone and joint problems. This day strives to help those with and without them learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments.
B. It pushes prevention
Childhood obesity is a big contributor to bone and joint problems both as a child and later in life. Understanding the long-term consequences and learning techniques to lose weight contribute to preventing problems in the first place.
C. It highlights other issues
Obesity also causes many other health problems, like diabetes and heart disease.