LADY LAKE — 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, to be held from 1- 3 p.m. on Aug. 13, 20 and 27 at the Lady Lake Public Library, 225 W. Guava St., Lady Lake.
Presented by Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, the “Build Your Bones” osteoporosis education classes will teach participants ways to maintain or improve bone health through better nutrition, supplements (if needed), proper testing, and increasing strength and balance.
The program includes lectures, activities and taste testing of calcium-rich foods. The series costs $10 to attend and online registration is required by Tuesday, Aug. 11 at https://bones2015.eventbrite.com. It’s recommended participants attend all three classes. For more information on the class, call the Extension Office at 352-343-4101 ext. 2719 or 2721.
"A broken bone can have long term health consequences,” said England. “This series will help people take better care of their bone health, learn ways learn ways to improve their overall health and reduce their risk of falling.”
Osteoporosis is a major health risk for many older adults causing bones to become weak and brittle making them more likely to fracture. Fractures, especially those in the hip, can lead to a downward spiral in health and increased mortality. About half of the women and a quarter of men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Men often overlook their risk for the disease.
Participants with food allergies should be aware that items prepared for tasting as part of the class may contain milk, egg, gluten, wheat, soybean, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish; and are prepared in a facility that could be exposed to any of these ingredients.
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.