Included below is a list of events happening across the country that may be of interest to osteoporosis patients, their family, caregivers, healthcare providers and/or the general public.
Bone Buddies Education & Support Group (Virtual, Weekly & Open to All)
The Bone Buddies support group meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00am Central Time on Zoom. The meetings are free and open to all. The support group meets every Saturday at 10:00am Central Time on Zoom for free exercise sessions on the weeks when they don’t have the support group meeting. A healthy eating discussion takes place every third Thursday at 2:00pm Central Time on Zoom. You can submit questions for a registered licensed dietitian and she will have an outline from the questions. She will also answer your questions when you attend the meeting. Group meetings are a fun, relaxing way to learn new information about bone health and managing osteoporosis. It’s interesting to meet others who are dealing with low bone density. Please email Elaine Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom links.
Stay Motivated and Connected: Join BHOF’s Steps to Strong Bones™ Monthly Program Held Virtually on Zoom
If you’ve been wanting to move more this year and focus more on your bone health, there’s no better time to start than now! To keep you on track and motivated, BHOF will be hosting monthly Zoom meetings at 12pm ET on the first Monday of every month where you can connect with like-minded individuals and share your progress. You’ll also get the chance to listen to motivational speakers and talk about your experiences on getting motivated to move. If you’d like to participate (just once or more), click here to sign-up and we’ll be sure to send you the link to the Zoom meeting every month. Join when you can!
DancingBonez Online Class
Friday, April 28, 3:00 pm ET (virtual)
Join BHOF Ambassador Penelope Wasserman along with Kip Martin for DancingBonez on Friday, April 28 at 3pm ET (online). DancingBonez begins with gentle choreographed warm-ups that integrate osteoporosis safety modifications. Get ready to dance and have fun! You should have clearance from your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise routine. Click here to learn more and register.
Trial Class Opportunity with Linda Rose Iennaco (master fitness instructor)
Please join Linda Rose Iennaco as a guest in a virtual “movement with purpose” class. You will learn safe and effective approaches to strengthen your bones and muscles, regain or maintain bone density, improve postural alignment, balance and gait to prevent falls and injury. You will develop new habits for functional well-being – all while thoroughly enjoying yourself. Email Lridancefitness@aol.com and she will be happy to send you class descriptions. You will receive a Zoom link to the class once you’ve informed her of your selection. Please visit www.danceandfitness.net to learn more about Linda.
Kick-off to Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month: Strength Training and Balance Training Using Exercise Gliding Discs
Monday, May 1, at 4pm ET
This class is for experienced exercisers with osteoporosis. Improving balance is a priority for those with osteoporosis. Falls and fall-related injuries, such as a hip fracture, can have a serious consequences. Being nervous about falling may cause you to withdraw from daily activities and decrease your quality of life. Gliders (sliders) can help you to have better balance and coordination and are a fantastic addition to your workout. There are unlimited exercise progressions and regressions, which make it appropriate for all ages. Using gliders can simulate the feeling of being on a slippery surface such as ice or soft ground thereby training your body to react in a way which would prevent a fall. It is fun to change up a routine –you will never be bored. Gliders are portable and can be used on any surface. You should have clearance from your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise routine. You will need gliders, hand weights, a mat, resistance band. Have a chair, sturdy table or barre available so that you can have something to hold on to if needed. You can contact Carol Michaels to make sure that this class is appropriate for your health issues and fitness level. If you would like to participate, send an email to email@example.com and you will receive a Zoom invite the evening before the class. Class size is limited. For more information about Carol, visit www.CarolMichaelsFitness.com.
Past Events & Recordings
‘Ask the Expert’ Webinar on World Osteoporosis Day: Creating an Exercise Plan for Healthy Bones
On World Osteoporosis Day, October 20, at 12pm ET, BHOF CEO Claire Gill interviewed exercise expert Amy Van Liew about the most frequently asked questions we receive on exercise for bone health. They discussed how exercise, physical activity and safe movement all play an important role in building and maintaining bone health throughout our lives. Click here to view the webinar recording.
Safe Movement Techniques to Prevent Spine Fractures Webinar
This 1-hour webinar will explain how certain movements may harm the spine in a person with osteoporosis or low bone density in the spine. Spinal anatomy will be reviewed and spine-saving movement principles will be shared. A SpineFacts wellness message will be provided at the end. Watch the recording today!
Fall Prevention Webinar: Move Often, Move Safely, Stop Falls, Stop Fractures
The NYSOPEP Falls Prevention Webinar was held on September 16 and focused on dizziness and vertigo, fall prevention strategies, physical activity needed to prevent falls, medications that increase the risk of falls, and what to do in the event of a fall. Recording coming soon!
Fall Prevention Webinar: Core Strengthening & Physical Therapy
This webinar focuses on how physical therapy and occupational therapy can help improve bone density and the role that strengthening your core, lower extremities and trunk can play in helping to prevent falls. Click here to view the recording. Download a copy of the slides here.
The Evolution of NOF
On World Osteoporosis Day 2021 NOF was renamed the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF). For the past 18-months, NOF underwent a brand review process to determine how best to evolve, grow, and innovate to meet the needs of osteoporosis patients, caregivers, the general public, and healthcare providers. The results of our brand review were shared during this webinar. Speakers: Claire Gill, CEO; Robert F. Gagel, MD, Chairman, Board of Trustees; Kenneth W. Lyles, MD, President, Board of Trustees. Watch the recording today!
What’s Cooking? Delicious Recipes that are Good for Bone Health
This cooking demonstration with Culinary Nutritionist Regina Ragone, MS, RD, CDN, features recipes from NOF’s Healthy Bones, Build Them for Life® – The Food-for-Bones Cookbook. NOF worked with award-winning cookbook editors to create our first, full cookbook, published in 2018. At this fun, virtual event, Regina demonstrates how to make some of the delicious recipes from the cookbook. And she provides some insider tips and tricks she learned during her more than two decades leading test kitchens as some of the most important names in magazines, including Weight Watchers, Prevention and Family Circle. Watch the recording today!
BHOF Bone Chats focus on topics of importance to the bone health community! If you missed any of the previous live sessions, you can view the recordings by clicking on the links below.
Generations of Strength: Bone Health and Osteoporosis in Families
Cancer and Bone Loss
Bone Density Tests and Beyond
BHOF Support Groups: Meeting Needs in Communities
Be Bone Strong: Running for Bone Health
Public Policy and Bone Health
Men and Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know
Staying Strong, Vibrant and Full of Energy
After Age 50
In this fun, informational conversation, Debra Atkinson, founder of Flipping50, busts the myth about the slowing of your metabolism at menopause and beyond. Debra has been speaking on fitness and life-enhancing topics for more than 30 years. She is a Certified CoachU Graduate, coaching clients in the areas of wellness, personal training and more. She is also an author and six-time Ironman finisher. Debra earned both her B.S. and M.S. in Exercise Science and Exercise and Sports Psychology, respectively, from Iowa State University. She is certified by the American Council on Exercise, the National Strength and Conditioning Association as she has presented at numerous national and international conferences and events. Debra shares with us her philosophy on how we can do safe, sane and simple exercise programs at home that can help us reach our health and fitness goals at midlife and beyond! Watch the recording today!
The Economic Impact of Osteoporotic Fractures
Fall 2019, NOF released a report from the actuarial firm, Milliman, on the economic burden of osteoporosis fractures based on Medicare data. During May’s National Osteoporosis Month, NOF’s Interim CEO, Claire Gill, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Andrea Singer, will share highlights from the report and discuss the policy agenda NOF has created based on the report findings. To view the slides, click here. To view the full recording, click here.
The Impact of Osteoporosis and Fractures on the African American Community
NOF and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging hosted a webinar for patients and caregivers to discuss the risk of bone loss and osteoporosis in the Black and African American community. Our panel of experts shared information about the basics of bone health and fractures, the impact of osteoporotic fractures in the Black and African American community and practical steps people can take to protect their bone health as part of healthy aging. Click here to download the presentation. Click here to download the infographic.
Osteoporosis and Bone Health Town Hall Webinar
Ten million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from osteoporosis and millions more are at increased risk of having a debilitating or even deadly fracture. Two million broken bones are caused each year by osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) offered a widely attended webinar to Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, industry and more on what you need to know about Osteoporosis and Bone Health – Its Impact on Your Constituents, the Healthcare System and the Economy. Watch the recording here!
Update on the Treatment of Osteoporosis and Spine Fractures Webinar
This 1-hour webinar will provide updated information on the osteoporosis treatment plan, including efficacy of pharmacologic therapies, diet, and exercise and lifestyle changes to improve bone health in individuals with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture. Also included will be information on the surgical and non-surgical management of acute spinal fractures. Watch the recording today!
Protecting Your Fragile Spine During the Coronavirus Pandemic
NOF recently hosted a webinar focused on what patients/caregivers need to know to prevent spine fractures, tips on how to manage safe movement and exercise at home to avoid crowded areas that cause a higher risk for contracting COVID-19. Click here to view the webinar recording. Click here to download the PDF slides.
How To Exercise Safely With Bone Loss
This 1-hour webinar includes NOF online community volunteer moderator, Susie Hathaway speaking about exercising safely with bone loss. Susie will review the basics of safe movement, describe why exercise is important for those with bone loss and offer exercise examples you can use to start a safe exercise routine. Watch the recording today!
What You Need to Know about Spine Fractures if You Have Osteoporosis Webinar
This 1-hour webinar will explain why people with osteoporosis are at risk for spine fractures. The anatomy of the spine will be reviewed, kyphosis will be discussed, the importance of height measurements and signs and symptoms to report to medical professionals will be discussed. A SpineFacts wellness message will be provided at the end. Watch the recording today!
Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions about Osteoporosis and Nutrition
Many people are confused by all of the recommendations and guidelines about nutrition and bone health. For example, are calcium and vitamin D safe? What foods or supplements disrupt calcium absorption? At NOF, we hear from patients and healthcare professionals about what the latest evidence shows and what it means so we have provided a one hour webinar to answer those questions. Watch the recording today!
Preventing and Managing Physical Therapy
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become less dense and weaken. In our presentation, Dr. Garry Kushnir, PT, DPT of NY Physical Therapy & Wellness will discuss some possible causes of osteoporosis, various treatment options, 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. While osteoporosis can potentially harm any of our body’s bones, we will focus on the spine and prevention of posture loss. Watch the recording today!
Exercise and Nutrition for Good Bone Health
To commemorate World Osteoporosis Day 2020, the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program, in collaboration with NOF, teamed up to conduct a webinar for patients and caregivers. The webinar focused on important exercise and nutrition information for good bone health. It is a must-see for everyone interested in learning more about this debilitating disease, which is preventable and treatable. Watch the recording today!
Important Nutrients for Bone Health Webinar
This 1-hour webinar is about the importance of nutrition to building and maintaining strong bones. This webinar is designed to provide a broad overview of nutrition as it relates to bone health. The intent is to ground the participant in the basic biology and physiology of bone cells and the key role nutrition plays in building and maintaining strong bones throughout the lifespan. Watch the recording here!
Osteoporosis and Town Hall Webinar
This 1-hour town hall webinar, held in December 2018, was for Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, industry and more on what you need to know about Osteoporosis and Bone Health – Its Impact on Your Constituents, the Healthcare System and the Economy. Speakers included NOF’s Chief Medical Officer and Osteoporosis expert, Dr. Andrea Singer, and NOF National Bone Health Policy Institute advisor, Peter Reinecke. Watch the recording here! Thank you to our sponsors, Amgen and PhRMA for supporting our educational webinar.
When to Get a Bone Density Test (DXA) and How to Interpret the Results
This 1-hour webinar will provide participants with an understanding of when they should ask their doctor for a bone density test and how to interpret their test results to determine what next steps are needed. It will also provide personal advice from two patients on how to stay active and healthy after being diagnosed with osteoporosis or low bone mass and aims to help new online community members understand how to best navigate the community to find helpful advice and support from their peers. Watch the recording today!