Approximately 54 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis. This May, the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF) will commemorate Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month with bone healthy exercises and information – for all ages – to help achieve better bone health. Join us in raising awareness about osteoporosis and #ExerciseToMaximize your 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.
You can download the social media toolkit here.
BHOF’s handy digital calendar shares 31 Ways to Stay Bone Strong. If you learn and practice one tip for each day in May, you will be well on your way to helping to protect your bones! Each date links to a vetted action, fact or resource that will help you live a healthy, active life.
Download the calendar here.
Free Webinar: Walking/Running for Your Bone Health
Monday, May 9 at 12pm ET
Physical activity has many benefits to your bone health, muscle strength, and overall health. This webinar will address the importance of walking and/or running for bone health and share updates on BHOF’s Be Bone Strong Team.
Presenter: Barbara Hannah Grufferman
As the Be Bone Strong Team Captain, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, 65, a nationally recognized advocate for positive living, award-winning author, and an avid marathoner, will provide guidance and support for the team. To date, Barbara has run 14 marathons, and countless half-marathons, and other smaller races, all since turning 50. She’s passionate about motivating people to move more, and encourages everyone to focus on the health of their bones in order to age better. Barbara also serves as a BHOF Trustee and Bone Health Ambassador.
View the recording here: https://vimeo.com/707893959.
Free Webinar: Mindful Movement for All Ages
Tuesday, May 17 at 12pm ET
This webinar will educate participants on “bone meditation” and include information on how exercise can strengthen bone health. Drs. Justine Bernard and Lisa Grimmer will share valuable insight on how to incorporate GYROKINESIS® and Pilates into your routine.
Justine Bernard, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Exercise Master Trainer
Dr. Justine Bernard received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons specializing in Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation in 2003. She incorporates her experiences as a professional dancer and GYROTONIC® Master Trainer into her treatments. In combining the GYROTONIC® system with her knowledge of physical therapy, patients are able to transform their bodies from moving with restriction and unease to moving with freedom and joy.
Lisa Grimmer, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer
Dr. Lisa Grimmer brings a love of fitness and movement to her physical therapy practice. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at George Washington University and is Pilates certified through Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation. She has worked at both inpatient and outpatient settings, with orthopedic and neurologic rotations. Lisa finds joy in helping her patients achieve their goals and find sustainable solutions to continue their wellness journey beyond therapy.
View the recording here: https://vimeo.com/710891343
Free Webinar: Bone Healthy Advice: Exercise, Nutrition, Mindfulness
Monday, May 23 at 12pm ET
Kids and teens need to learn how to maximize their bone health with exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness. The webinar will include exercise demonstrations with the goal of helping to prevent osteoporosis at the critical timeframe in life, and when it will have the greatest impact. This webinar is an excellent resource for parents and grandparents to share with their teens. These simple, fun tutorials can be downloaded onto a cellphone for easy practice anywhere
Presenter: Penelope Wasserman
Penelope Wasserman is the founder of Million Dollar Bones and a managing consultant at Changing Tastes. Penelope has been a featured presenter at the Meeks Method Annual conferences in Sundance, UT and Baltimore, MD — where she first introduced Million Dollar Bones to the physical therapy community. In addition, during this timeframe she was a Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (formerly the National Osteoporosis Foundation/NOF) support group leader in Albany, NY, where she started the first NOF Teen support group in the country.
View the recording here: https://vimeo.com/712991063
Free Webinar: De-Stressing in Nature for Bone Health
Tuesday, May 31 at 12pm ET
When you first learn that you have osteoporosis, you may experience stress and anxiety. If this is the case, it’s important that you try to manage these feelings and not allow osteoporosis to interfere with your regular activities. Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Webinar attendees will learn more about how to de-stress in nature and the outdoors with Dr. Matt Weinburke. Participants will also engage in a mindfulness-guided imagery exercise with a nature setting.
Matthew Weinburke, DrPH, MPH, MCHES®, REHS
Public Health Practitioner/Educator/Trainer
Matt Weinburke has over 20+ years working in the public health field. He recently retired from the US Public Health Service (USPHS/PHS) Commissioned Corps and Uniformed Service in May of 2020.
View the recording here: https://vimeo.com/715685685.
New Podcast Episode Coming in May for Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month
Monday, May 16
BHOF CEO Claire Gill and BHOF Trustee Barbara Hannah Grufferman will discuss exercise and healthy aging, including how to get back into exercise later in life if you’ve let it go for a while.
Listen and learn more here: bonetalk.org
You can also tune in to these past episodes:
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:
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.
My Bone Health Journey
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.
Visit the BHOF fundraising page (coming soon!) 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.
Additional Shareable Facts About Osteoporosis–Show More +
24 percent of hip fracture patients age 50 and over die in the year following the fracture.
Six months after a hip fracture, only 15 percent of patients can walk across a room unaided.
Every year, of nearly 300,000 hip fracture patients, one-quarter end up in nursing homes and half never regain previous function.
Women lose up to 20 percent of their bone density in the ﬁve-to-seven years after menopause.
People with osteoporosis cannot feel their bones getting weaker, and many people do not know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone.
Tip Sheets–Show More +
Make 25 your new lucky number with BHOF’s 25 tips for good bone health. These easy-to-follow resources shine a light on important facts, calcium-rich food, ways to improve your bone health and fall prevention. They are short, to-the-point and packed with memorable messaging.
- 25 Tips: Important Facts About Osteoporosis
- 25 Tips: Calcium-Rich Foods
- 25 Tips: Ways to Improve Bone Health
- 25 Tips: Prevent Falls