The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ national campaign, A Nation in Motion, shares the stories of more than 600 patients whose lives have been saved or restored through access to high-quality orthopaedic care. These inspiring stories illustrate the conditions, injuries and traumas that millions of patients have braved head on – and the excellent care that got them back to work and to their active, full lives. The patients featured on the website have shared their stories in one simple phrase, “Because of my orthopaedic care, I can...” It isn’t too late to submit your patients’ stories on the site.

Visit anationinmotion.org to submit, read the stories, and to play A Nation in Motion the Game online, and navigate the path of orthopaedic scenarios throughout life before you can successfully reach the “I Can! Club.” The “I Can! Club” represents a full, enjoyable and mobile life.

Help us make sure the A Nation in Motion message travels nationally and locally. Keep this national campaign going and spread the word, here are 10 ways that your orthopaedic practice can get involved. Below, find several templates, including a letter-to-the-editor and a draft press release you can personalize with one of your own patients’ inspiring stories.

  • Link to anationinmotion.org from your website
    Encourage visitors from your site to submit stories on A Nation in Motion. Copy and paste the HTML code, in the text box below, onto a page within your website’s content manage system:

<a href="http://www.anationinmotion.org" target="_blank"><img src="http://www6.aaos.org/member/pemr/resources/toolkits/
anationinmotion/resources-1.gif"></a>

    If done correctly, this is what you would see:



  • Share your exceptional stories
    Patient Stories
    , Surgeon Stories and Ortho-pinions on A Nation in Motion.
  • Play the game online
    The board game A Nation in Motion can be played online. It’s a fun way to highlight the various orthopaedic scenarios that people of all ages can encounter throughout life. Share the website and the game with your colleagues, staff, friends, and family. Post it on your Facebook or Twitter feeds.
  • Get your own game board
    You can order a copy of the board game A Nation in Motion for your office, home, or reception area. Call Pat Julitz in the AAOS public relations department at 847-384-4036 with your request. The game is free; a nominal shipping fee applies.
  • Record your stories
    Do you recall a patient whose surgical outcome was such a success story that it has become the highlight of your career? If you do, tell it in general terms and share your YouTube video on the Academy’s YouTube A Nation in Motion playlist by emailing the URL to media@aaos.org.

    Ask a friend to record you telling this story in 3 minutes or less. Identify yourself as an orthopaedic surgeon and state your practice location. Post the video on YouTube and let the AAOS know by sending a link to media@aaos.org.

    Any individual videos will be added to the campaign Playlist. Patient stories are the heart of this campaign—the more, the better!
  • Easy advocacy
    Share a link to the website and game with leaders in your community. Work with your state orthopaedic society to determine which elected officials need to receive a copy of the educational board game. Copies are available on request from media@aaos.org.

    You can mail the game to elected officials or deliver it personally. It’s a creative way to help local elected officials, state legislators, and others learn about the value of orthopaedics and the importance of keeping people moving and living pain free.

    Or, host an open house at your office to connect with patients, local elected officials, and community leaders. Make sure to tell your guests about the value that access to orthopaedic care brings to your community, in both human and economic terms.
  • Make your office a hub
    You can download the A Nation in Motion screen saver (below) on all computers in your office reception area or set the A Nation in Motion website (anationinmotion.org) as the home page for all computers in reception areas to guide patients to the site
  • Patient Videos
    View patient success stories on the Academy’s YouTube “A Nation in Motion” playlist.
  • Be a spokesperson
    Find templates below, including a letter to the editor and a draft press release you can personalize. Send them to your local media, including policy and health reporters at radio and television stations and newspapers in your community. Talk about the value of orthopaedics and illustrate your points with one of your own patients’ inspiring stories.

Sample templates

Computer screen saver graphic

Directions for Windows-based computers:

  1. Download screen saver into a new folder on your computer;
  2. Once downloaded, click on the “start” menu;
  3. Next, click on “control panel” Click on “appearance and personalization”;
  4. Select “change screen saver” under the “personalization” menu;
  5. Next, click on the “screen saver” pull down menu and select “photos”;
  6. On the pop-up screen, click “Browse” to browse your machine for the downloaded screen saver; and
  7. Choose the downloaded screensaver and click “OK” to set screen saver.
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