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Lake County Extension offers two osteoporosis programs

RELEASE DATE: September 9, 2008

TAVARES — The Lake County Extension Office is offering two osteoporosis prevention programs, titled "Build Your Bones.”

The programs are two-part series scheduled for Sept. 15 and 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Oct. 23 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. The program costs $5 for materials and supplies. To register for the program, call Rene Bass at (352) 343-4101 or e-mail rcbass@ufl.edu.

Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with the Lake County Extension Office, will teach the educational programs. Osteoporosis affects women and men of all ages and ethnicities. Fifty percent of women and 25 percent of men over 50 will have a bone fracture related to osteoporosis in their remaining lifetime. There is no cure for osteoporosis; therefore, prevention is essential to combat this disease.

Some of the topics covered during the program are:
• How to prevent osteoporosis
• Risk factors, both heredity and lifestyle
• Medications and conditions that may affect bone health
• Practical steps for improving bone health
• How nutrition and exercise build strong bones

The Lake County Extension Office is a partnership between the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution 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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