World Osteoporosis Day ‘Events’ Sponsored by the International Osteoporosis Foundation
On October 20, 2011 join us in a world-wide social media event to support osteoporosis. Social media is bringing a bone health message to a new generation. This years festivities is geared to embrace a healthy diet that includes calcium and protein, vitamin D and exercise, both weight bearing and muscle strengthening. The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is targeting both older adults and primarily children, teens and young adults since it's in childhood where we gain most of our bone strength and bone reserves.
To show your support you can go to the IOF's Facebook page and upload a picture of yourself to show you care about strong bones and helping children to start early with a healthy diet, calcium and Vitamin D.
Here are some of the events taking place around the world for our International readers. We hope you can find an activity going on in your area and are able to attend. If not, you can watch the video stream from the various locations where they will be getting together to foster awareness and support for this ever-growing problem with bone loss. For a full listing of events see the link below for the IOF's Facebook page campaign.
- October 17th at 9:00 am - Wednesday at 7:00 pm
Location: Place du Molard in Geneva, Switzerland
Join the International Osteoporosis Foundation and OsteoSwiss at Place du Molard in Geneva, Switzerland, for information regarding osteoporosis and bone health.
- Friday, October 14th at 9:00am - October 20 at 5:00pm
Location: BTS and MRT stations, shopping centres Central World, Siam Paragon, Silom Bangkok.
Launch of brochure Osteoporosis awareness for World Osteoporosis Day. The brochures will be distributed at BTS and MRT stations, shopping centres like Central World, Siam Paragon, Silom and on streets all over Bangkok. Osteoporosis awareness will also be publicized on television and in printed media.
- Wednesday, October 19th · 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Santa Cruz, Bolivia: Educational Event
- Wednesday, October 19th · 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: Rome: Launch of IOF report 3 Steps to Unbreakable Bones in Italian
Auditorium San Pio X, Via dell'Ospedale, Rome.
- Thursday, October 20th · 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok
- Thursday, October 20th · 2:00pm - 3:00pm
- Thursday, October 20th 2:00pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Capitol Hill, the Unbreakable Embrace Event
Sponsored by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)
For many more meetings and specifics on locations, see the IOF Facebook page for World Osteoporosis Day. All meeting information is provided by the IOF above.
Many of us are looking for ways to show support of this disorder and to help others and ourselves with awareness, and attending one of these events is a fantastic way to do this. Take your family and friends so you all can learn more about this disorder and how we can work towards prevention through our younger and aging populations of the world. Remember osteoporosis is not just a disease of the elderly. It may be more common among that population, but younger boys and girls find they have this problem every year through various other disorders and vitamin deficiencies. The mission of the IOF is prevention of osteoporosis, and a world without osteoporotic fractures. One form of prevention involves teaching people how to avoid falls, since falling is a major cause of fractures. Balance is another key to preventing falls and fractures. Tai Chi, dancing, walking and running are just a few things we can do to gain muscle strength and improve bone mineral density.
Let's show our awareness by teaching our younger family members that this disease can be prevented if action to stop it starts early through education, healthy diet, exercise and supplements of vitamin D and calcium.