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August 2014

Today we have another guest blogger who is definitely a familiar face around the IBJR: Professor David Hunter, our Chairman. You will be hearing more from David in the coming month on All Over the Joint while he is taking a step for he is passionate about : Bone and Joint Health.
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For years I have been telling my patients they need to change their behaviour to help their joints. One major piece of advice I frequently give is to increase their physical activity. Needless to say sometimes their behaviour changes and sometimes it doesn’t. Not infrequently my patients will come back to me and say “I found it hard to increase my physical activity”, “I didn’t have time” or they call my bluff and say “how much activity do YOU do”?

Well as we step into September it is time for me to “put up or shut up”. In an effort to raise awareness about the role of physical activity in arthritis and to raise funds for research into bone and joint diseases (http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/ibjr/index.php) I have set myself a goal.

I regularly tell others to walk 10,000 steps a day so I commit to walk at least 300,000 steps in September i.e. 10,000 steps a day. Like you I am time poor but the burden of disability from bone and joint diseases is pressing so it is time for me to mobilize.

How can you help?

Go to the fundraising link on donate planet and commit some funds (all donations over $2 are tax deductible (Au)). For those challenging my ability to do this who want to see my progress I will post a weekly update on this blog of my step count from my Jawbone UP (an activity monitor I wear) and tweet about my activity regularly. You can make a commitment per step (yes if you want to pay me a $1 per step that will be gratefully received) or just contribute to the grand total. Either way the intent is to draw awareness to the role of physical activity in arthritis and raise some much needed research funds for bone and joint research.

Join me in Stepping UP in September for Bone and Joint Research. Make a donation at: https://donateplanet.com/charities/read/institute-of-bone-and-joint-research/

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