How do you prevent Osteoporosis?
1. Be physically active every day
2. Eat a healthy Calcium-rich diet
3. Get a bone mineral density test
Be physically active every day
- More than half of all Americans do not get enough physical activity to strengthen their bones.
- Physical activity is one of the most important ways to reduce your chances of falling.
- Physical activity makes you stronger, improves balance and coordination, and improves overall health.
- Children, tweens and teens should getat least one hour of physical activity every day. Jumping rope, running, skateboarding, and riding bikes are enjoyable activities that also build strong bones.
- Adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. Simple activities like walking and stair climbing will strengthen the bones that are exercised.
- Activities like dancing, Yoga and Tai Chi can also be very effective.
- Physical activities in the sun provides Vitamin D that increases Calcium absorption.
Children, Tweens & Teens and their Parents must:
- Know and Understand that they are at greater risk for poor bone health because of rapidly growing bones and poor diet
- Must do at least one hour of physical activity a day
- Increase Calcium and Vitamin D during teens
During the Rapid Growth and Growth years of Bone Health (children, tweens, teens through early thirties), it is vital to engage in some form of daily physical activity.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, 2004