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Straighten Up America

Straighten Up America (SUA) is a bold and innovative health promotion initiative designed to empower the American people toward better spinal health and an improved quality of live. It is an ideal complement to backpack safety awareness initiatives or on its own.

SUA envisions a time when every American will take two or three minutes every day to care for his or her spinal health, just as they care for their dental health. In 2004, a five-person expert seed panel and a diversely comprised Delphi review panel of 100 health care providers and fitness experts began shaping and testing a spinal exercise module known as Straighten Up America. This free public service program consists of three minutes of fun, engaging, easy-to-perform healthful activities. Equally useful as an ergonomic break, exercise warm-up or cool-down, Straighten Up is designed to get people of all ages and ethnicity up and moving while they improve their posture and spinal health.

SUA has garnered an array of accolades from prominent health and fitness leaders. Tests of improved posture, strengthened core muscles, uprightness and back comfort have been very promising. Young children love it and are practicing it enthusiastically. is a public service website maintained in collaboration with the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations and Life University. Straighten Up America functions in cooperation with the United States Bone and Joint Decade.

For tools and more information regarding the SUA program, reviews, and easy implementation, visit

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