TAVARES — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting an educational program that focuses on steps to improve bone health and reduce risk for fractures. The three-part series titled “Build Your Bones,” will be held on Thursdays, from Oct. 24 through Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lake County Extension Office, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
“Osteoporosis affects both men and women,” said Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County. “Loss of bone mass and structure usually occurs slowly and painlessly but a sudden fracture can be life-altering.”
Information to be covered includes risk factors, how nutrition and exercise build strong bones, improving balance and practical steps for improving bone health. Participants should plan on attending all three parts of the series.
The cost for the series is $10. Preregistration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 23, and can be completed online at http://bones2013.eventbrite.com. Participants who would like to attend the program, but cannot afford the registration fee, can contact the UF/IFAS Extension Lake County for assistance.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that over 45 million American men and women are affected by either osteoporosis or low bone density. Osteoporosis primarily affects men over age 65 and women following menopause. Low bone density increases the risk for bone fractures. Fractures may affect any bone but are most common in the spine, hip and wrist.
For more information about the series, contact Rene Bass at email@example.com or 352-343-4101 extension 2719 or 2721.
The UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County provides research-based information and educational programs cooperatively with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida for all aspects of horticulture, agriculture, food safety, the home environment, financial management and 4-H youth programs.
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