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Lake County Extension offers two-part osteoporosis programs

RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2009

TAVARES — The Lake County Extension Office is offering two, two-part osteoporosis prevention programs, titled "Build Your Bones,” on Jan. 26 & Feb. 2 and Feb. 18 & 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

The program costs $5 for materials and supplies. For more information or to register for either program, call Rene Bass at (352) 343-4101 or e-mail rcbass@ufl.edu.

“Osteoporosis affects women and men of all ages and ethnicities,” said Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with the Lake County Extension Office. “You are never too young or old to build better bones.”

According to the National Osteoporosis, about a half of women and a quarter of men, 50 years and older will have a bone fracture related to bone density loss sometime during their lifetime. The Foundation also estimates that Florida had three million men and women with osteoporosis or low-bone mineral density in 2002, with an estimated increase of 25 percent in 2010.

Some of the topics covered during the “Build Your Bones” 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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