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UF/IFAS Extension offers 3-part series on building healthy bones and osteoporosis health

RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2015

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 series will be held from 10 a.m. – noon on Oct. 13, 20 and 27 at the Lake County Extension Office, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. "A broken bone can have long term health consequences," said England. “About 70 percent of people who break a bone don't return to their pre-injury status. This series will help people take better care of their bone health and learn ways to reduce their risk of a broken bone." Participants will learn ways to maintain or improve bone health through nutrition, physical activity and avoiding bone fractures. Topics include improving balance, bone building nutrients, supplements, moving safely with osteoporosis and creating a personal bone building plan. The program includes lectures, activities and taste testing of calcium-rich foods. The series costs $10 to attend and registration is required by Sunday, Oct. 11 at https://buildbone.eventbrite.com. Participants are encouraged to 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. Those with food allergies should be aware that the items prepared 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.

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Julie England
352-343-4101 ext. 2721

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