June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month. Even though this month is coming to an end, awareness doesn’t have an end-date. Did you know that 10 years ago in Philadelphia, Scoliosis month was officially recognized nationwide? Kudos to our own local Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz for helping bring attention to this important issue. Launched in 2008, the National Scoliosis Foundation and their partner, the Scoliosis Research Society, have worked to unite scoliosis patients, families, physicians and institutions in a joint effort to help encourage positive public awareness, education and advocacy. You can help spread the word! Here are some fun images to get you thinking about the beautiful messages our bodies can share!
According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, “Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that affects two to three percent of the population, or an estimated 7 million people in the United States. Most are diagnosed with scoliosis between the ages of 10 and 15, but the condition also affects infants and adults. It is a condition that affects people of all races, classes and both genders. Girls are eight times more likely than boys to have a curve that will progress to a magnitude that requires treatment.”
Are you a physician, educator, child care provider or a parent? Then consider checking out the following resources for more information as we work toward supporting and promoting healthy bodies for all of America’s children.