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The National Osteoporosis Society is launching “A Message to My Younger Self” – an awareness campaign about keeping bones strong and health. It begins on 12th April 2017 and runs through to World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October. NOS want the generations to have a conversation about healthy bones, to talk about the steps that can be taken to make sure bones are strong, and to give a voice to the millions of people with the condition.

The campaign is being fronted by Liz Earle who is personally concerned about the impact of social media on the eating habits of her teenage children, backed-up by research that we have conducted showing that 20% of 18-24 year olds have reduced or completely cut out dairy from their diets, which could potentially be storing up problems for them in later life.

The campaign has three themes – nutrition, exercise, and “your message”.

First up is Nutrition (April and May); then Exercise (June, July and August including the 206 challenge – a sponsored walk hosted by Professor Alice Roberts on 11th June at Tyntesfield, a National Trust property near Bristol); and the initiative will end with “A Message to My Younger Self” on World Osteoporosis Day 20th October where celebrities, our supporters, ambassadors and our royal President will all be sharing messages to their younger selves and passing on tips and advice to the next generation.

The Back Pain Show – 19 & 20 May 2017

After a decade, The Back Pain Show has moved from Olympia London to St Andrews Birmingham, to give access to sufferers from the Midlands and the North of England. This iconic, two-day show is a hub for sufferers to meet doctors and therapists who provide treatment and manufacturers who supply both preventative and therapeutic equipment.

There are many causes of back pain including crush fractures of the spine which are usually caused by osteoporosis. These fractures are amazingly painful and take many months to ease. For a small donation to the charity BackCare – – at-risk visitors to show can have a two minute DEXA scan to determine their bone density. With lifestyle changes they can significantly decrease the risk of this disabling condition. The scanner uses the same amount of radiation found in a banana!

Lectures for both the public and professionals will be given by leading researchers in the field of back pain. Don’t miss this opportunity to book the professional lectures and fulfil CPD requirements. Both public and professionals can register for the event and book any of the talks and lectures, free of charge, at

For manufacturers, this is the once-a-year opportunity to show products to both the general public and professionals. With easy access (compared to the nightmare of London venues) and free parking, you should book your stand now before they are all snapped up as the number of stands is limited.

The show will host the AGM of the BackCare charity on Saturday afternoon. All members are welcome to come and meet the trustees and members of the research, publications and executive committees. Membership will be available at the charity’s stand at the entrance of the show. Come and support our unique charity supporting those with back and neck pain and preventing thousands of people from developing these disabling conditions.


Arthritis Care has launched a new survey, “Your life with Arthritis”, which is available online at:

Please circulate the survey to anyone with arthritis who may be interested in taking part. The evidence we gather will help us to understand what matters most to people with arthritis and campaign for better care and support. For more information about the survey or to request a paper copy, please email


BBC Radio 4 appeal

Broadcaster and Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley made the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Arthritis Care last month, speaking about how arthritis has affected her life and family.

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) UK welcomes new rules by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) to ban the advertising of high fat, salt and sugar food and drink products in children’s media and supports both the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA) and the Children’s Food Campaign in their responses to the measures, calling for loopholes to be closed.

The FSEM, as part of the OHA, is calling for a sustained increase in regular physical activity, according to UK Chief Medical Officer guidelines, to be part of all children’s daily routines to prevent and manage obesity, alongside measures to reduce the consumption of less healthy food and drink.

Dr Natasha Jones, Vice President of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, comments: “We recognise the importance of reducing exposure to unhealthy food and drink advertising creating a less obesogenic environment for our children. Healthcare focus and policy should also be strongly directed towards promoting physical activity to prevent chronic disease and childhood obesity.

Children and young people should aim for at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, this can be made easier by incorporating a favourite indoor or outdoor physical activity spread throughout the day and encouraging walking and climbing the stairs wherever possible.”

OHA statement:

“We welcome CAP’s long awaited rules to protect children from junk food marketing across all types of media and are pleased to see them recognise that restrictions should apply to kids up to the age of 16. But it’s concerning that the new restrictions only apply when it can be shown that at least 25% of the audience are children. This loophole means that a significant number of children could still be exposed to adverts for high fat, salt and sugary products.

Children aged 5-15 spend up to 15 hours a week online – so it’s absolutely right that they’re protected from junk food marketing. Research shows advertising greatly influences the food children choose to eat, and with one third of children overweight or obese by their eleventh birthday, we need to protect them from relentless junk food marketing in all walks of life.”

Children’s Food Campaign statement:

“The Committee of Advertising Practice has finally listened to the voices of parents and health professionals, after years of resisting calls for stronger measures to reduce children’s exposure to junk food marketing online. The new rules, which prohibit HFSS advertising from appearing in children’s media, are a positive step and go some way to removing the most blatant forms of advertising of less healthy food and drink to under-16s.

But CAP has failed to learn the lessons from industry’s exploitation of loopholes in TV advertising regulations.  Just as many of the TV programmes most watched by children aren’t covered by the rules, so it looks like many of the most popular social media sites won’t be either; neither will billboards near schools, or product packaging itself.

Unfortunately, the power still seems to be very much in the hands of manufacturers and advertisers, not parents.  Instead of a comprehensive and transparent definition of what constitutes marketing ‘directly appealing to children’, which Children’s Food Campaign proposed, CAP will only apply the restrictions when children are over 25% of the audience. This figure provides insufficient protection to children, whilst giving parents little knowledge of what is and isn’t covered. Parents will also be disappointed to find out there will be no restrictions on sugary food and drink emblazoned with children’s favourite cartoon or film characters, or in the use of child-friendly brand characters on packaging either. 

Ultimately, the new rules are only as good as the body which enforces them.  We hope that from July 2017 CAP and the Advertising Standards Authority will ensure companies follow both the letter and the spirit of these new rules, and close any loopholes which arise.”

The FSEM is continuing to work alongside Public Health England, the Royal College of General Practitioners and other public health facing organisations to ensure physical activity assessment, advice and exercise medicine can be a key part of the NHS to prevent and manage many common conditions, including childhood obesity.

ramble1Arthritis Care is delighted that Children in Need continue to fund our work with young people.

The charity recently benefited from coverage on the Countryfile special ‘Ramble for Children in Need’ and on the recent BBC Radio 4 charity appeal.



nos-and-usbji2-animationThe National Osteoporosis Society, in conjunction with the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, has worked on an animation about osteoporosis which they have remastered for a UK audience. The animation has been voiced by the charity’s ambassador, Miriam Margolyes, famous the world over for her hundreds of film, theatre and television credits including Harry Potter, Blackadder and the Real Marigold Hotel.

The animation, titled “Learn more about osteoporosis with Miriam Margolyes,” is finished and ready to be launched. ARMA members who would like to see it pre-release can contact Sarah Wolf at the NOS to attain a preview password. 

The video will be publicly launched and promoted with the help of Miriam (who has the condition) within the next few weeks.

Nominations for the 2017 Advancing Healthcare Awards are now officially open.

Established in 2005, the awards are a free-to-enter, self-nomination based programme open to all UK Allied Health Professionals working in and alongside the NHS. Nominations are made online via the website and remain open till 13th January 2017.

Shortlisting is then carried out by a mix of sponsors, supporters and VIPs, with all shortlisted entrants invited to the judging day in London on 14th February and the ceremony itself in London on 31st March 2017 organised by Chamberlain Dunn events.

Full details of all competition categories found here: and the infosheet for entering can be downloaded here. You can also promote the awards with the launch brochure. [2.1 MB, PDF]

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2016, who were part of a record breaking year, with over 150 entries across 13 categories. In the spirit of sharing good practice, you can find up-to-date examples of new roles and ways of working by downloading the Winner’s Guide in PDF; and you can view photographs of the 2016 ceremony.


Bone & Joint Action Week is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it.

During this week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions:

12 October: World Arthritis Day

16 October: World Spine Day

17 October: World Trauma Day

19 October: World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

The Bone & Joint Decade, the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, gives an overarching theme for the week as well as encouraging active support of the individual days.

World Arthritis Day (WAD) – 12th October 2016


EULAR are running a campaign for WAD on ”The Future In Your Hands’, encouraging people to share their stories about how they have taken action to live their life to the fullest with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD) and support others with RMDs.

Get involved via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and join the conversation with the hashtag #WADstory.
Find out more at

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) campaign:

NASS-2015-logo-square-smallSee the NASS campaign

Follow on Twitter with @NASSexercise.


Share Your Everyday campaign

aruk-2016-new-logoKicking off on World Arthritis Day this October, Share your Everyday will run for six weeks.

Following the same format as last year, the campaign will give people with arthritis an opportunity to share their experience of living with arthritis – we want to hear how they push back the limits of arthritis to make their everyday life better.


World Spine Day – 16th October


World Spine Day is an initiative of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, coordinated each year by the World Federation of Chiropractic.

This year the theme is “Straighten Up and Move” which accords with evidence supporting optimum care for spinal disorders and the World Health Organization’s focus on physical activity as a way to combat a range of health disorders including cardiovascular disease, obesity and, of course, musculoskeletal disorders.

For information and resources about how organisations can get involved go to

World Trauma Day – 17th October


World Trauma Day began in 2011 in New Delhi with the purpose to set a day aside to consider the impact, prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries and deaths.

World Health Organization (WHO) research has shown that at least 50 percent of road deaths occurring in developing countries could have been prevented with effective intervention after trauma has occurred, including immediate pre-hospital care.

World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day – 19th October


World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day, developed by the multi-disciplinary Pediatric Specialty Group of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) features educational stories on important bone and joint-related conditions and their impact on children.

The USBJI Pediatric Specialty Group’s goal is to identify the primary areas of concern with regard to children’s musculoskeletal health and to develop programmes and activities through research, education and advocacy.

Share your event or the day on Facebook or via Twitter @USBJI.