Thai Osteoporosis Foundation
||Thai Osteoporosis Foundation TOPF
Supawadeetower Building, 4th Floor
Room 94/2 and 94/3,100 Mitanun Lane
Nakornchisis Road, Dusit District
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Last updated on 10/14/2005
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Walking event in Lumpini Park attended by 2500 people
World Osteoporosis Day with its theme, 'Move it or Lose it', was marked by the Thai Osteoporosis Foundation in a group walking event held at Bangkok's Lumpini Park. Although held at 6:00 in the morning, the event attracted 2500 people. All were eager to catch a glimpse of Her Highness Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat, who was the official chairperson of the WOD event and who presided at the opening ceremony which took place at Yoawaraj Pavilion. After a speech by TOPF President Dr. Khunying Kobchitt Limpaphayom and the opening by Her Highness Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat, the walking program began. This was followed by an exhibition on osteoporosis and healthy products displayed at Piromphakdhi Pavilion. After the 7:40 departure of Her Highness Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat, the walking program continued, with free food and drink offered to participants. An expert talk on osteoporosis, which focused on the role of exercise in bone health and the experience of osteoporosis from a patient perspective, was held at 8:10 until 9:00.
At the start of the 6:00 walk at Lumpini Park.
The crowds lined up to wait the arrival of the royal princess
The Royal Princess was presented with gifts
Thai Oseoporosis Foundation President Dr. Kobchitt accompanies the princess
The Princess was given a bone mineral density test
Thai Osteoporosis Foundation - Actively working to fight osteoporosis since 2002
Since its foundation, the Thai Osteoporosis Foundation (TOPF) has been very active in improving the awareness and knowledge of osteoporosis in the country. Following is a brief summary of the society's recent activities
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World Osteoporosis Day 2003 campaign in Thailand
Osteoporosis prevention poster featuring several of Thailand's leading actress
A World Osteoporosis Day lecture called "Osteoporosis and Life", held on October 16in Bangkok marked the start of an osteoporosis awareness campaign that features several of Thailand's leading actresses of different ages. The poster, showing actresses Juree Osiri, Kulsatree "Ning" Siripongpreeda, Manasnan "Donut" Panlertwongsakul and Aritta "Chacha" Ramnarong, focuses on osteoporosis prevention and awareness. Actress Manasnan Panlertwongsakul said
"I hope the campaign will help spread the information and make people take precautions, take a lot of calcium and take care of their health"
Thailand's WOD activities
Thailand's World Osteoporosis Day activities were held during the annual meeting of the Thai Orthopaedic surgeons in Pattaya. The special WOD display and activities had a dual purpose: to increase awareness among the public and to heighten awareness ofthe orthopaedic surgeons who often do not realize their critical role in diagnosing and caring for osteoporosis patients.
"Invest in your bones" brochure with risk test which was distributed at WOD. The cover shows the society's patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana KromLuang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra
Sponsors and organizers of the WOD event
A special booklet which featured the "Invest in your bones" report on bone development in youth authored by Prof. Philippe Bonjour in 2001, was distributed. It also included the "one minute risk test".
Throughout 2002 the Thai Osteoporosis Foundation has been carrying out a public awareness program in 32 locations of a prominant chain of department stores.
Using the "one minute risk test", these displays were aimed at increasing personal awareness of osteoporosis among the public.