Osteoporosis. It's Beatable. It's Treatable.
Osteoporosis is a major health threat for 44 million Americans. In the US, over 10 million people already have the disease and 34 million more have low bone mass, putting them at risk for the disease. Osteoporosis progresses without symptoms or pain until a fracture occurs.
Osteoporosis is characterized by an exaggerated loss of bone mass and by poor bone quality. It causes bones to become fragile and susceptible to fracture especially in the hip, spine, and wrist areas.
For many years, GFWC has had an active partnership with the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the leading nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health and to reducing the widespread prevalence of the disease. NOF works to find a cure for osteoporosis through awareness, advocacy, education and research. GFWC is actively involved in education and advocacy efforts.
What can you do to prevent this disease?
- Get the facts about osteoporosis.
- Order informative brochures to share with your club and community
Have you thought about what you can do to educate your club or community? Consider the following:
- Join the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Annual membership dues are only $20 and can be sent directly to NOF or to GFWC, Attn: Membership Department.
- Host a Bone China Tea for your club or community.nThe Bone China Tea is an educational and fundraising event that supports awareness, advocacy, education, and research. Contact NOF for an information booklet that will assist you in planning your tea. Invitations and educational materials are available at no cost and NOF will present certificates of appreciation to all clubs who participate.
- Download or order the awareness toolkit and make sure your club and community members are informed!
- Encourage club members to get bone density tests.