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Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard and the New Jersey Interagency Council on Osteoporosis (ICO) today announced the winners of the 2008 New Jersey Osteoporosis Prevention Awards. Certificates of Achievement are presented to dedicated volunteers and professionals annually during May, Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month.
This year’s recipients are:
Osteoporosis, known as the “Silent Disease,” is a serious condition in which bones become thin, brittle and easily broken. Nearly one million New Jersey residents have osteoporosis or low bone mass (osteopenia) and about 8,000 individuals over age 65 have a hip fracture annually. Nearly half of all women and 20 percent of all men can be expected to sustain an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
Osteoporosis can be prevented through healthy behaviors including a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, weight-bearing exercise, a healthy lifestyle without smoking or excessive alcohol consumption, and bone density testing and medications when appropriate.
The New Jersey ICO is dedicated to the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive osteoporosis prevention and education program for the benefit of New Jersey residents. Dr. Levine and Ms. May will receive their certificates at a special session of the ICO on June 12th in Lawrenceville.
Project Healthy Bones is a 24-week peer-led low impact exercise and education program is available in all New Jersey counties program designed to decrease bone loss, increase bone density and improve strength, balance and flexibility. More than 2,000 older adults have participated in Project Healthy Bones annually since its inception in 1997.
For more information on the ICO and/or Project Healthy Bones call 609-943-3498, or on-line at http://www.state.nj.us/health/senior/osteo/whatis.shtml.
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P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360