Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Free forum on osteoporosis to be held in Georgetown Oct. 25
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 20 Oct 2006, p. 8

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Did you know? One in four women and at least one in eight men over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. There are 57,000 osteoporotic fractures in Ontario each year, including 9,000 hip fractures. Bone loss happens gradually and can progress without any symptoms or warning signs. Sadly, all of these statements are true. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. It is referred to as the "silent thief" because often there are no indications of bone loss until a fracture occurs. There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis, including eating a well-balanced diet, increasing your intake of calcium and vitamin D and maintaining an active lifestyle including weight-bearing exercise such as running or walking. If you already have osteoporosis, several options are available to help reduce your risk of fractures. Osteoporosis Canada was established in 1982 and is the only national organization serving Canadians who have, or are at risk of, osteoporosis. Currently, there are 21 Chapters across Canada who deliver Osteoporosis Canada programs in their local communities. On Wednesday October 25, Osteoporosis Canada presents a Bone Appétit Nutrition and Osteoporosis public health forum from 7-9 p.m. at Mold-Masters SportsPlex, 221 Guelph Street, Georgetown. Please join us for this free session and learn tips and facts on the importance of nutrition to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Visit www.osteoporosis.ca for even more information aimed at helping you take care of your bones. Register for this presentation at ptrost@osteoporosis.ca or 416-696-2663 ext 400.

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Free forum on osteoporosis to be held in Georgetown Oct. 25