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Help Us Spread the Word About Keeping Kids Active

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Children on teeter-totter.


With kids heading back-to-school and settling into a new schedule for the school year, now is the perfect time to remind families about the importance of regular exercise to help build and maintain strong healthy bones for life.  

Many schools offer opportunities for kids to stay active with sports teams and physical education classes. However, activities don’t have to end there. Parents can also plan regular activities with their kids. For example: family walks in the park, bike riding or recreational sports are easy and fun family pursuits.

This year, the Academy partnered with the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America to promote the importance of staying active to build strong bones. Here is how you can help us spread the word.

  • Share the “Active Families” video PSA in your office wait room, or, on your website and social media pages along with the tags: #ActiveFamilies and #HealthyBonesforLife.
  • Share articles, facts, and statistics on obesity, nutrition and bone health on your website and social media pages.
  • Direct your patients to for more information on the importance of exercise and nutrition, and tips for starting an exercise regimen.
  • Promote your expertise by authoring a short, fitness or nutrition-focused blog-post for A Nation In Motion® on obesity, nutrition/or and the importance of regular exercise.
  • Promote the exercises and information featured in the new Communities in Motion virtual park.
  • Request and make available to your patients the free Communities in Motion workbooks, featuring more than 35 exercises with illustrations, along with nutrition tips and recipes. (For copies, send an email to
  • Post pictures of you, your family, or your office staff exercising and participating in healthy pursuits with the hashtags #ActiveFamilies and #HealthyBonesforLife.

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Meet our Specialists

Thompson Bio

Alexandria, Minnesota was Dr. Thompson's hometown before studying at the University of North Dakota. He joined Northern Orthopedics in 2001 following his residency in Michigan.

Dr Thompson

Rud Bio

After graduating from the University of Minnesota and Finishing his residency in Michigan, Minnesotanative Dr. Rud joined the Northern Orthopedics team in 1993.

Dr Rud

Metz Bio

Originally from the Twin Cities, Dr. Metz came on board in 1998 following his studies at the University of Minnesota and residency at the University of Michigan

Dr. Metz

Robertson Bio

Dr. Robertson joined Northern Orthopedics in 2007. Prior to that, he studied at the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by his residency at the University of Minnesota. After completion of his residency, he trained in Oslo, Norway, where he spent 6 months doing a sports medicine fellowship.

Dr Robertson

Lelwica Bio

Dr. Lelwica grew up right here in Brainerd, MN and has practiced at Northern Orthopedics since 2008. Prior to that, she studied at the University of Minnesota and completed her orthopedic residency there too.

Dr Lelwica