Approximately 54 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis. Join us in raising awareness about osteoporosis and bone health!

There are several ways to participate in Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month!

There is so much you can do to spread awareness and show your support by using social media. It’s more important than ever that we come together to support each other, rally our communities and raise awareness about bone health during Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month in May! This user-friendly toolkit contains everything you need to share information on social media with your peers, colleagues, friends, family and in your community. It is complete with posts, tweets and images, making it easier for everyone to spread the news far and wide about the importance of exercise and good bone health.

Download the toolkit today:
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Freedom from Fractures™ (Webinar)

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, from 1-2pm ET
Speaker: Peer Educator – Kathlene Camp
Host: ReachUp

Strong bones are the foundation of good overall health, yet bone health issues often go undetected until an unexpected fall leads to a fracture. As we age, fractures can have a dramatic impact on quality of life, robbing older adults of their independence and leading to other serious health outcomes. The good news is no matter what stage of life you’re in, you have the power make a difference. Join us for this virtual program to learn more about how to achieve optimum bone health or how to help a loved one avoid bone fractures. You will understand your personal fracture risk and next steps to take for better bone health. Learn how to take the Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation Fracture Risk Calculator™ (developed by American Bone Health) and to initiate fall prevention strategies. Click here to register.

Bone Health Day 2024 (In-person Program)

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 9am-12pm ET (registration begins at 8am ET)
Host: Lime Spring Specialties
Location: 2100 Noll Drive, Suite E100, Lancaster, PA 17603
Come join us as we dive into the morning filled with education and excitement about bone health and the effects of osteoporosis. Experienced medical speakers will be present to talk about the effects of osteoporosis, bone health nutrition, and how we can improve our posture, as well as medical management. Food and beverages will also be provided. We hope to see you there! Click here to register.

Posture Power™ (In-person Program)

Date/Time: Monday, May 13, 11:30am ET
Speaker: Peer Educator – Michele Schmidt
Host: Morrison Family YMCA, Community Room, 9405 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
Posture Power™ is a program covering the importance of posture and body mechanics to prevent fractures, with quick techniques for safe movement. Postural changes affect our bones and body as we age. Knowing proper alignment and the correct type of exercises can improve posture and help reduce the risk of fractures. In addition, you’ll learn the right ways to do your everyday activities. So, stand tall and get the most out of life! 

Healthy Bones for Life™ (In-person Program)

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 15, 11am ET
Speaker: Peer Educator – Michele Schmidt
Host: Sara’s YMCA, Community Room, 15940 Brixham Hill AveCharlotte, NC 28277
Healthy Bones for Life™ is a program where Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation Peer Educators share the basics of bone health and why it is important. You will learn bone development over the ages, understand what osteoporosis is, bone loss and fractures. It’s the perfect introduction to preventing bone loss, fracture prevention, bone-safe exercise and bone-healthy nutrition. So, take steps to stay strong and independent for life! 

Beyond the Break™ (Webinar)

Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 12pm-1pm ET
Host: Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL 
Speaker: Peer Educator – Beth Maberry

Having a broken bone is a sentinel event and it is critical to learn that it is an indicator that bones may be weak, and there is an increased risk of future broken bones. Beyond the Break™ explains how to manage your risk to prevent more broken bones. Click here to register.

Additional events coming soon!

On-Demand Webinars

De-Stressing in Nature for Bone Health: https://vimeo.com/715685685

Walking/Running for Your Bone Health: https://vimeo.com/707893959

Mindful Movement for All Ages: https://vimeo.com/710891343

Bone Healthy Advice: Exercise, Nutrition, Mindfulness: https://vimeo.com/712991063

New Podcast Episodes in May for Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month

New episodes coming soon!

Listen and learn more here: bonetalk.org

Tune in to these past episodes:

The BHOF Quick Guide provides some key facts about osteoporosis, simple steps you can take to protect your bones, and a list of support resources to help you connect with fellow osteoporosis patients or get involved in helping those suffering from the disease.

The Preparing for Your Visit With Your Doctor and Healthcare Team booklet offers information to help you prepare for your visit and contains the following four sections: Preparing for Your Appointment, Finding a Specialist and Getting a Second Opinion, Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider, and What to Expect if You Are Diagnosed With Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis.

The educational resources in the Patient Resource Library are BHOF’s most up-to-date publications and videos geared towards patients, caregivers and the general public. These materials provide general information about osteoporosis and low bone density. They are not intended to replace the services of trained and qualified health professionals or to be a substitute for medical advice of physicians. For more information, see our complete Medical Disclaimer.

Whether you’d like to connect with fellow osteoporosis patients or get more involved to help those suffering from the disease, we have resources available to help you. Follow the links below to learn how you can join our online community, start or join a BHOF Support Group or find an osteoporosis event happening in your own community. Find the resources you need:

Explore a new patient pathway online tool – Your Path to Good Bone Health. This digital knowledge-roadmap provides patients and care partners with the information they need to take control of their bone health, manage their osteoporosis and prevent debilitating fractures.

If you or someone you love has osteoporosis (or weak or brittle bones) or low bone density, you have the power to improve how we care for these diseases by sharing your experiences.

A first of its kind tool in the osteoporosis field, the Healthy Bones, Build Them for Life® Patient Registry surveys patients and caregivers about how osteoporosis and low bone density impact their lives. This patient-reported information is collected anonymously, combined, and analyzed by the Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF) to map out the patient journey. This map will show BHOF and the broader bone health community what patients need and want most.

Raise awareness about osteoporosis by telling others about your experiences. Sharing your journey will help others understand the impact of this disease and gain an understanding of what it’s like for someone who has it.

Visit our blog, Bone Talk, to get inspiration from our Voices of Osteoporosis stories like the ones below.

If you’d like to be featured, click here.

Give during the month of May to help improve patient care and support for those who have already broken bones due to osteoporosis and to protect future generations from this debilitating disease.
Donate today!

Visit the BHOF fundraising page to learn more and register. You can then personalize your fundraiser with stories, photos and videos. It only takes a few minutes. Then invite your friends, family and network to support your fundraiser. You can even donate to yourself to get the ball rolling.

Osteoporosis is responsible for an estimated two million broken bones per year, yet nearly 80 percent of older Americans who suffer bone breaks are not tested or treated for osteoporosis.

Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help slow or stop the loss of bone mass and help prevent fractures.

A woman’s risk of fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.

A man is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.

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