World Osteoporosis Day is celebrated on October 20 since 1996 as an initiative of the British National Osteoporosis Society with the support of the European Commission. Since 1997, the day has been organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation. The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. The motto of the day for 2021 is: "Let's take care of the health of our bones".

In the period October 20, 2021 - April 25, 2022 at the 5th floor of the Student Polyclinic, MVJ Dance studio, 48 adapted Happy Bones sessions are going to be realized, which cover the entire therapy created by the experts of Foro Italico University. The sessions follow a logical sequence, which is why the presence of all sessions is mandatory. The dance therapy is free and includes participants aged between 50-65 years and in Bulgaria is coordinated by the Bulgarian sports development association.

The adapted therapy is performed by sports specialists trained in adapted therapy for physical activity of women diagnosed with osteoporosis, organized by Foro Italico University in Rome:

Valentina Nedeva (MVJ Dance Studio) Valentina was a competitor and sports dance coach. She is a graduate coach at the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski" in Sports Dance, Sports Journalism and Sports Pedagogy. She is a winner of the Cup of Bulgaria in Latin American dances, vice-champion of the Cup of Bulgaria in Standard Dances, a bronze medalist at the Republican Decathlon Championship, third place winner in the national ranking list in Standard Dances. She was a professional dancer and choreographer in the TV shows "Dancing stars", "Dance with me" on BTV and "The best years of our lives" on BNT.

Ivelina Dimitrova (Class for your back) Ivelina is a graduated kinesitherapist, PhD student at NSA "Vasil Levski" and part-time lecturer in kinesitherapy at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski and NSA. She is a professional kinesitherapist with extensive practical experience, who has always served as a basis for her experimental work in the field of kinesitherapy and rehabilitation. She is the creator of the adapted methodology for corrective gymnastics Class for your back, which applies tested, experimented and applied in practice own methods and sets of exercises aimed at the problems of the spine and the body as a whole.

Within the framework of the therapy, basic measurements of the general physical and mental condition of the selected participants is going to be performed, and the data from the measurements will be analyzed in order to be able to validate the European Protocol for Dance Therapy. Foro Italico University in Rome, Italy is a partner of the initiative and the team of Professor Atilio Parisi will analyze the projects participants data from Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Spain with the ultimate goal of scientifically substantiated and validated protocol for therapy for women diagnosed with osteoporosis. The development of this protocol will be extremely useful for the successful application of such therapy for women diagnosed with osteoporosis in the future, and the tests are standard and do not require prior preparation or additional action (except to provide time for their implementation).

Considering the needs to encourage osteopenic/osteoporotic patients to practise physical activity and to train health professionals on how to encourage them, the HAPPY BONES project objectives are:
To develop and promote an innovative osteoporosis exercise protocol for osteopenic/osteoporotic sedentary women aged 50-65 to involve them in a moderate exercise and as a consequence, to increase their quality of life (in physiological and psychological terms);
To train coaches and experts in physical education with specific skills in the participating countries in order to standardize the osteoporosis exercise protocol and make it transferable and replicable also in other contexts and countries. The training will be organized using the train the trainers methodology in order to trigger a cascade effect and involve more operators in the sector;
To compare the drop out and the adherence to the training protocol in the two different environments (workplace and Sport Association) in order to understand which is the best solution to promote regular physical activity. By adhering to the project, the employer gets involved in the health of its employees and at the same time, adopts measures to reduce the indirect costs generated by the hours of absence caused by the possible risks due to pathology.

Physical activity in women in menopause: a collaborative partnership for active lifestyles for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis - HAPPY BONES project is co-funded under the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.