National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month

During the month of May, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) will celebrate National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month in conjunction with a new campaign called Healthy Bones, Build Them For Life®. NOF’s goal is to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and associated fractures as well as to find a cure for the disease through programs of awareness, education, advocacy and research. This exciting new campaign will give NOF a platform to continue addressing the vital need for increased education for the awareness, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis while working to make bone health a reality and a priority for everyone.

Healthy Bones, Build Them For Life will help NOF increase awareness of osteoporosis and bone health among women and men of all ages and backgrounds as well as address the vital need for increased education, awareness, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. This campaign will focus on educating the ENTIRE population on the importance of bone health and osteoporosis prevention, including nutrition, lifestyle choices and exercise. On May 27, the live patient education webinar, titled How Strong Are Your Bones, offers a great new opportunity for those interested in osteoporosis and bone health to learn more. Participants will be able to listen to and view live presentations led by bone health experts. The May event is the first in a series of webinars that will cover a variety of osteoporosis-related topics including risk factors, testing, nutrition, exercise, treatment and more. To learn more or to register for the How Strong Are Your Bones webinar, visit

Bone health must become a priority for all Americans. Approximately one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetime. Making sure everyone gets their calcium requirements and exercise is very important in the prevention of this disease.  An easy way to get your calcium is by drinking milk or eating cheese or yogurt at every meal or at snack time. Thirty minutes of walking, dancing, jogging, or weight bearing exercises is all that is needed to help build bone. For additional information on ways to get the calcium your bones need, visit the Dairy & Nutrition Council of Indiana.