Strong bones start when you are young so now is a perfect time to take steps to ensure strong bones for life and walk to help increase awareness of osteoporosis. Join Steps for Strong Bones and be part of this national effort to promote bone health through weight bearing exercise and help increase awareness of osteoporosis while raising funds to support NOF's programs of awareness, advocacy, education and research.
About 85-90% of adult bone mass is acquired by age 18 in girls and 20 in boys. Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can help to prevent osteoporosis later in life.But it's never too late to take steps for strong bones. Together, the following five steps can optimize bone health and help prevent osteoporosis:
Get the daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D
Engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise
Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
Talk to your healthcare provider about bone health
Have a bone density test and take medication when appropriate
Why should you join Steps for Strong Bones and support NOF, because approximately one in two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis related fracture in their remaining lifetime.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) has partnered with Prevention Magazine to invite you to take part in their Team Prevention events as a Steps for Strong Bones team member. You can join Team Prevention and walk a full or a half marathon in support of NOF.
You can walk any of the four events listed below--all of which offer full and half marathon options (26.2 and 13.1 miles, respectively). Join Steps for Strong Bones and Team Prevention and you'll have strong support every step of the way. You can even win prizes for your fundraising efforts and with no required minimum for fundraising, it's up to you how much you raise!!!