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  • USBJI Celebrates 500th Fit to a T Session

    Fit to a T, the US Bone & Joint Initiative's (USBJI) free public education program on bone health and osteoporosis, reached a milestone last week with the presentation of its 500th session. APTA is a founding member of USBJI.

    The event took place at the Catonsville Senior Center in Catonsville, Maryland. APTA member Laxmi Suryanarayana, PT, presented the session.

    "We developed Fit to a T as a sustainable public education program, in response to the Surgeon General's Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis. Bone health has a significant impact on overall health for everyone, regardless of race or whether you are male or female. Participants in the program learn how to maintain their bone health and how to identify their own risk factors for bone loss and osteoporosis. Being able to celebrate the 500th session demonstrates the continued public interest in this topic," said Kimberly Templeton, MD, USBJI president and chair of the USBJI Fit to a T Task Force.

    Relevant to all ages, Fit to a T is targeted at men and women in their mid-40s to late 60s, as well as seniors and others who have or are at risk of having a broken bone. To schedule a session in your community, contact Shari Maier, USBJI program coordinator, 847/430-5054 or usbji@usbji.org.

    May 14, 2013 - USBJI Celebrates 500th Fit to a T Session
    Members of the Catonsville Senior Center in Maryland gather to celebrate the 500th session of Fit to a T, presented by Laxmi Suryanarayana, PT.

    Pioneer Back Pain Clinician Robin McKenzie Dies at Age 82

    Robin Anthony McKenzie passed away at his home at Raumati Beach, New Zealand, at the age of 82, on Monday, May 13 after battling with cancer for several months. McKenzie established the internationally recognized McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) and in 1982 founded the McKenzie Institute International.

    McKenzie developed a special interest in treating spinal disorders after opening a private practice in Wellington, New Zealand, after graduating in 1952 from the New Zealand School of Physiotherapy.

    APTA named him an honorary member "in recognition of distinguished and meritorious service to the art and science of physical therapy and to the welfare of mankind."

    The McKenzie Institute has published a full obituary and established a tribute page at www.mckenziemdt.org, where visitors are welcome to express condolences to his family and to share memories.