IOF endorses exciting new educational programme based on dance exercises

'Improvement through Movement' programme encourages patients to dance their way to stronger bones. Physicians only may request the video to provide to their patients.

IOF has endorsed a new pan-European educational programme based on specially choreographed dance exercises. The programme, launched on World Osteoporosis Day, October 20th, 2009 and sponsored by Daiichi Sankyo Europe, aims to encourage people with osteoporosis to use ballroom dance exercises to help strengthen their bones and slow the progression of osteoporosis. In a press release issued on the occasion of the launch, Professor Juliet Compston, IOF Board member and Professor of Bone Medicine at the University of Cambridge said, “Exercise is one of the most important things that people with osteoporosis can do to help themselves, and dancing is a fun, beneficial form of exercise. Dance exercises the entire body - giving joints, muscles and, most importantly, bones, a thorough workout.”

The project is inspired by the internationally syndicated ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ television phenomenon. UK Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Erin Boag worked with Professor Compston to develop a dance programme that would be safe and easy to follow, based on the Waltz, Quickstep and Rumba. Choreographer and Ex Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips has endorsed the programme.

The educational programme will be available to patients on DVD only through their physician practices and will be subtitled into French, Italian, German, Turkish, Dutch and Spanish. For more information on how doctors’ practices can order the DVD visit] (health professionals section).

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