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Bare Bones on Osteoporosis

Bare Bones Facts

  • Osteoporosis is considered a pediatric disease with a geriatric outcome.
  • The risk of developing osteoporosis increases as a person gets older.
  • Menopause, particularly before age 45, is one of the greatest risk factors.
  • Osteoporosis is the major cause of bone fractures in post menopausal women.
  • 1 in 3 women will suffer a spinal fracture in her lifetime.
  • 1 in 6 women will suffer a wrist or hip fracture.
  • 50% of people who have a hip fracture will never be able to walk independently again.
  • A woman's risk of a hip fracture is equal to the combined risk of developing breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer.
  • Most hip fractures occur as a result of a fall.
  • 1 in 8 men also suffer from osteoporosis.

The GOOD news is that the disease is preventable and treatable if detected early. PREVENT osteoporosis before it happens. It's as easy as 1,2,3,4.

  1. EAT a well balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
  2. EXERCISE regularly with emphasis on weight bearing, strength, and balance activities.
  3. Discuss hormonal replacement therapy ( ESTROGEN) with your health care provider at the time of menopause.
  4. Take steps to make your ENVIRONMENT safe and prevent falls.

Did you know that osteoporosis is kid stuff?  

  • Bone mass is built in the teen years and the "bone bank" is set by the early twenties.
  • YOU can help students learn how to build bones that will last their lifetime!

KidStrong (Inside and Out)

A hands-on supplemental instructional program designed for students in grades five and six, this program includes a 20 minute video, lesson plans, student activities, and other resources which highlight the following areas:

  • Nutrition - consuming a variety of foods in moderation
  • Physical Activity - committing to 30 minutes every day
  • Bone Health - building a strong skeleton when young

The material was developed with input from students, teachers and health specialists across the state including the state associations of health and physical education, science, family and consumer science education and school nursing. It has been cross-referenced to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, which encourages inter-disciplinary team teaching and focuses on building Strong Kids, both inside and out. KidStrong can be implemented by educators in:

  • Health
  • physical education
  • science
  • family and consumer science
  • And school nurse

KidStrong (Inside & Out) for grade 5 is part of a sequential effort to reach kids with the bone building message. The program was developed by The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Education, the Osteoporosis Coalition of New Jersey and NJN Public Television.

Jump Start Your Bones

Jump Start Your Bones follows where KidStrong (Inside & Out) left off in grade 5. The program was developed as part of a sequential effort to reach kids with the bone building message. It was developed by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Nutritional Sciences, in cooperation with Piscataway Township School District through funding provided by the New Jersey Department of Health. Jump Start Your Bones is a curriculum designed for students in grades seven and eight. It includes fun and easy to use lesson plans and handouts for 12 lessons.

3 for Family and Consumer Science Education

3 for Health
3 for Physical Education
3 for Science

The lessons are easy for teachers to use as part of their usual curriculum. New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards are identified for each lesson whenever it is applicable. Lessons can be used in series or independently throughout the year for grades 7 & 8. Students love the active assignments create to really "get them thinking!

For more information, contact the Child and Adolescent Health Program at (609) 292-1723.


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