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NOF Celebrates National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
Susan Allison, RNC, BSN, MPA posted:
Did you know that May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month? In recognition of this observance, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is launching its new Healthy Bones, Build Them For Life® campaign. The campaign is featuring television Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about osteoporosis on ABC 7/WJLA-TV in the Washington, DC area, a live patient education webinar, special events, grassroots outreach and more. To read more about the campaign and to download the PSA, please visit .

Now is a great time to take advantage of the many osteoporosis programs and resources available to you! Here are some ways you can learn more and help us raise awareness about the importance of bone health:

1. Register for How Strong Are Your Bones Webinar. You are invited to listen to and view a free live presentation led by bone health expert Felicia Cosman, MD. This is the first in a series of webinars for patients and the general public covering a variety of osteoporosis-related topics. To learn more or to register, visit .

2. Request NOF's free Osteoporosis Education Toolkit. During the month of May, you can receive one free copy of each of the following brochures: Boning Up on Osteoporosis: A Guide to Prevention and Treatment, How Strong Are Your Bones and A Guide to Osteoporosis Medicines. Follow the steps below, to request this free education toolkit:

a. Visit and complete the online form.
b. Accept the terms of the disclaimer/privacy statement at the top of the page.
c. Select "Health Information and Education Requests" in the Question Dept. menu at the bottom of the page.
d. Type "Free Osteoporosis Education Toolkit" in the Question field. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
Offer expires May 31, 2010.

3. Walk, Jog or Run Your Way to Healthier Bones. Steps for Strong Bones® is a fundraising and walking program that runs May through October. Join for free and ask your friends and family to support you in your quest for healthy bones with a donation to NOF. It's easy through your online personal fundraising page! Track your daily activities, monitor your progress and receive recipes and bone health tips along the way. Register at and start walking your way to healthy bones for life!

4. Join the Healthy Bones Advocacy Network. NOF's Healthy Bones Advocacy Network is made up of volunteer advocates who reach out to policy makers to highlight the importance of osteoporosis and bone health and help advance NOF's public policy goals. Our advocates are a dynamic group of volunteers who are making a difference and using the power of activism to bring about change! To learn more about Advocacy at NOF or to become an advocate, visit .

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