Today is World Osteoporosis Day! Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) each year, this year-long campaign is dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. To help do our part in spreading the word about osteoprosis, here are three facts about the day, along with some tips on how you can keep your bones strong and healthy.
3 Things to Know About World Osteoporosis Day
1. Activities are going on around the world. Osteoporosis is truly a global issue. World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in more than 90 countries.
2.The facts are staggering. You may think that osteoporosis isn't a big issue for young people, but building and maintaining your bone strength now is key to having healthy bones later in life. According to the IOF, at least one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by weak bones.
3. Love your bones. This year's World Osteoporosis Day campaign theme is "Love your Bones," which reminds everyone to hep prevent osteoprosis by following three easy steps: get daily weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercise, ensure you are getting enough vitamin D, and eat a balanced diet with plenty of calcium-rich foods.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.