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  Two facts have steered the National Spine Foundation to devote efforts on youth programs:

• Anywhere from 12% to 26% of children and adolescents will suffer from acute (short-term) lower back pain. Education in prevention and treatment of back pain should begin with young people.

• According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.4 million new healthcare workers will be required by the year 2012 due to an aging population and longer life expectancies. Encouraging young people to pursue careers in healthcare will be a critical factor to our ability to treat spine disease.

In addressing these pressing needs, the National Spine Foundation has plans underway in the following areas:

• A scholarship program for underprivileged high school students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare professions.

• Healthcare camp: a summer program that will provide teenagers information about healthcare careers. (Tentatively planned for Summer 2007)

• Classroom visits by medical professionals into schools, the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and other youth programs to provide information on healthy living and exercise to help prevent back pain.

If you would like to support the efforts of our youth programs through donations or volunteering your time, please contact us for more information.