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Lake County Extension offers two-part osteoporosis programs

RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2009

TAVARES — The Lake County Extension Office is offering two, two-part osteoporosis prevention programs, titled "Build Your Bones,” on Aug. 4 & 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Oct. 22 & 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

The National Osteoporosis Association estimates that osteoporosis is a major health threat to 55 percent of Americans 50 years of age or older. Participants of the “Build Your Bones” program will learn risk factors for weak bones, medications and conditions that affect bone health, nutrition for better bones, exercises to maintain balance and bone health, and how to create a plan to reduce the risk for osteoporosis.

“Bones grow and change throughout our lives,” said Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent. “Although you can’t change what you’ve done in the past, you are never too old to improve you bone health. Actions you take at any age can help prevent osteoporosis or improve your bone density.”

Pre-registration is required for both programs and the cost for program materials and supplies is $5. For more information or for program registration, call Rene Bass at (352) 343-4101 or e-mail rcbass@ufl.edu.

The Lake County Cooperative Extension is a partnership between the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS), and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. An equal opportunity institution, IFAS is authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.

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