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World Spine Day - October 16, 2007

October 16th 2007 is "World Spine Day" being announced from the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), and observed by numerous chiropractic organizations all over the world. Based on the WFC "World Spine Day" is developed specifically to generate leverage for spinal health advocacy and greater awareness concerning the burden of spinal disorders."

World Spine Day is part of a multi faceted health awareness movement included in the "Bone and Joint Decade." It had been on January 13, 2000, that the Bone and Joint Decade was formally launched in the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. As outlined by the Bone and Joint Decade's website, "The objective of the Bone and Joint Decade would be to boost the health- related quality of life for those who have musculoskeletal disorders all around world. These disorders would be the most notorious and common reasons for severe long-term pain and physical disability, impacting hundreds of millions of individuals around the world. The Decade aims to improve awareness and promote positive actions to combat the suffering and costs to society linked to musculoskeletal disorders such as joint diseases, osteoporosis, spinal disorders, severe trauma to the extremities and crippling diseases and deformities in kids."

One of the numerous organizations also taking part in this event is the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations. In their September 24, 2007 release they urge all chiropractic associations to support the initiative by promoting World Spine Day 2007 to the doctors inside their respective organizations.

Perhaps the observance of World Spine Day is a program known as "Straighten Up America". Based on the Bone and Joint Decade release: "Straighten Up America was established to celebrate World Spine Day in collaboration with the United States Bone and Joint Decade. Doctors of chiropractic will be teaching patients, school children, civic organizations, corporations and others simple enjoyable exercises to improve their spinal health." There are similar "Straighten Up" programs in numerous countries throughout the world including South Africa and Australia.

According to their website, http://www.straightenupamerica.org/ , Straighten Up America is a bold and innovative health promotion initiative designed to empower the American people toward better spinal health and an improved quality of life." This website has a lot of helpful and health information on spinal health. A video on Straighten Up America and spinal health was produced by Life University and can be seen at: http://www.life.edu/chiropractic_and_wellness/SUA_video.asp .

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