Join us in spreading awareness!
Each May, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) works to generate awareness and inspire behavioral change regarding the critical importance of good bone health and osteoporosis prevention. Osteoporosis is common. One in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The disease, which is not a normal part of aging, is serious causing broken bones, pain, suffering and life-altering loss of mobility — yet it is treatable and even preventable.
During May and all year long, we want everyone to make a commitment to be bone strong! Here are some of the many ways that you can get involved:
Share your story: 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. If you’d like to be featured, click here.
Join the online community: NOF’s Osteoporosis Online Support Community, hosted by Inspire, brings people with and affected by osteoporosis together online to share experiences and provide support for one another. Now with more than 68,000 members, this community is a great source of support and a channel to learn more about living with the disease. Learn more and join today!
Post on social media: Spread the word among your network by using this toolkit complete with graphics and suggested posts. We’ve made it easy for you to raise awareness and get others involved in taking steps to #BeBoneStrong!
Start a fundraiser: Visit the NOF fundraising page to learn more and register with Crowdrise. 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.
Contribute: 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!
Webinar: Helping to Prevent and Manage Osteoporosis with Physical Therapy
The National Osteoporosis Foundation and NY Physical Therapy & Wellness teamed up for an engaging and education webinar, Helping to Prevent and Manage Osteoporosis with Physical Therapy. Dr. Garry Kushnir, PT, DPT of NY Physical Therapy & Wellness shared how physical therapy can help improve bone density and the role that strengthening your core, lower extremities and trunk can play in helping to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Click here to view the webinar.
Digital Calendar and Flyer
NOF’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.
You can print and share NOF’s flyer with family, friends and colleagues.
While these materials were designed specifically for National Osteoporosis Month, they are packed with consumer-friendly information and tips that can be used year-round.
Social Media Toolkit
In May and every day, get social and stay bone strong!
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 National Osteoporosis Month in May!
We prepared this user-friendly toolkit with everything you need to share information on social media with your peers, colleagues, friends, family and in your community.
NOF’s social media toolkit is complete with posts, tweets and images – making it easier for everyone to spread the news far and wide about the importance of good bone health.
Update Your Facebook Photo Frame
Update your Facebook profile photo with a National Osteoporosis Month frame and let your colleagues, friends and family know that you are raising awareness during the month of May.
Take these simple steps: just sign into your Facebook account and then visit Profile Picture Frames. Search for “National Osteoporosis Month” and select the frame. Don’t forget to click “Use as Profile Picture” to save your changes!
A Few Shareable Facts About Osteoporosis
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.
ISO2021 (Healthcare Professionals Only)
The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Symposium on Osteoporosis (ISO2021) is quickly approaching. NOF invites you attend VIRTUAL educational and networking sessions.
- ISO2021 will be held virtually from May 12 – 14 (Wednesday to Friday).
- Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) 101 and FLS Advanced Workshop to be held virtually on Saturday, May 15.
- Registration is now open. Please share this link https://interdisciplinarysymposiumosteoporosis.org/registration-2021/ with healthcare professionals in your networks to help drive attendance.
- For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ami Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit https://interdisciplinarysymposiumosteoporosis.org/ for additional information and updates.
Tip Sheets–Show More +
Make 25 your new lucky number with NOF’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