TAVARES – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is offering a three-part series on improving bone health. Presented by Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, the Build Your Bones Osteoporosis Education classes will be held from 10 a.m. – noon on April 21, April 28 and May 5 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
Participants will learn ways to maintain or improve bone health through better nutrition and supplements (if needed), proper testing, the right type of physical activity and by improving balance. The program includes lectures, activities and taste testing of calcium-rich foods. The series costs $10 to attend and registration is required at https://bones2015.eventbrite.com. If you have questions or would like to attend but are unable to pay the registration fee, contact Julie England at 352-343-4101 ext. 272. It is recommended participants attend all three classes.
Osteoporosis is a major health risk for many Americans, causing bones to become weak and brittle making them more likely to fracture. The disease affects people of all ages and ethnicities, but is more common in older adults. About half of the women and a quarter of men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
“A broken bone can have long term health consequences,” said England. “This series will help people take better care of their bone health and learn ways to reduce their risk of falling.”
The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The Foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.