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AdvanceItUp! Initiative Takes Down Childhood Obesity

Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call Present Sports Equipment to Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

Logan Ferguson, relationship manager for Advanced Orthopaedics, hands the keys to the room full of sports equipment to Mary Dunne Stewart, executive director of Greater Richmond Fit4Kids.
Logan Ferguson, relationship manager for Advanced Orthopaedics, hands the keys to the room full of sports equipment to Mary Dunne Stewart, executive director of Greater Richmond Fit4Kids.

Over a six-week period, the physicians from Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call collected gently used sports gear from the public at drop-sites throughout Richmond. In an effort to provide increased recreation options and active living at home and school for area kids who do not have access to usable sports equipment, more than 500 pieces of sports gear and equipment were received.

The used sports equipment was presented by the physicians to Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, a local non-profit dedicated to improving the health and wellness of children by increasing physical activity and promoting healthy eating. Fit4Kids will distribute the equipment through their programs and community partners to help get local children up and active.

“Advanced Orthopaedics is excited to have yet another way to give back to the community with AdvanceItUp,” explains Dr. Kenneth Zaslav, president of Advanced Orthopaedics and a Sports Medicine Specialist. “Our goal is a more active and healthy youth in Richmond achieved by providing gently used sporting equipment to area children lacking the resources. This will help make group sports and organized physical activity a more regular occurrence in their lives.”

Advanced Othopaedics and Ortho On-Call plan to make this community initiative an annual event and are looking at next summer as the start of the 2014 program. The public can check out their web page at for the latest information.

Read more about Greater Richmond Fit4Kids | Richmond Family Magazine


Backyard Farmer will house the collected equipment in a donated warehouse space. Backyard Farmer is a network of specialty contractors, artisans and educators who share a common philosophy defined by an appreciation of the earth and all of its natural resources. Their services include home and property improvements for residential, commercial and institutional clients, landscape management and design, custom furniture and more. Learn more at

Advanced Orthopaedics is a full-service orthopaedic practice located in Central Virginia. Patients are treated by the expertise of a trained subspecialist, a physician who dedicates his entire practice to one area of orthopaedics. Advanced Orthopaedics features ten separate “Centers of Excellence.” Each center focuses on the treatment of one specific area of the body or one type of orthopaedic health concern. All of the centers combined provide excellent full-service orthopaedic care. Advanced Orthopaedics is one of the few practices in the nation where each physician specializes not only in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, but in a particular branch of orthopaedics as well. Learn more at

Ortho On-Call is the area’s first walk-in urgent care clinic designed to treat acute orthopaedic-related injuries and conditions. Ortho On-Call only treats orthopaedic injuries, so patients do not compete for care with patients who may have serious medical problems that take longer to diagnose and treat. Ortho On-Call is supported by the board-certified physicians and full-service therapies at Advanced Orthopaedic Centers. Learn more at

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