DHSS and NJ Interagency Council on Osteoporosis Honor
Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Volunteers and Professionals
Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd and the New Jersey Interagency Council on Osteoporosis (ICO) today announced the winners of the 2012 New Jersey Osteoporosis Prevention Awards. Certificates of Achievement are presented to dedicated volunteers and professionals annually to coincide with Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month celebrated in May.
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 1.5 million New Jersey residents either have or are at high risk for developing osteoporosis. About 7,500 individuals over age 65 have a hip fracture annually. The cost per hip fracture with hospitalization in New Jersey ranges from $18,000-$27,000. Almost one quarter of those with hip fracture will die within the first year following their fractures.
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. New Jersey's strategy for preventing and reducing falls includes two nationally recognized programs: Project Healthy Bones exercise and education program and A Matter of Balance falls prevention program.
Project Healthy Bones is a 24-week peer-led low impact exercise and education program available in all New Jersey counties. The program is designed to decrease bone loss, increase bone density and improve strength, balance and flexibility. More than 2,000 older adults participate in Project Healthy Bones annually.
A Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized, evidence-based and peer-led falls prevention program that is new to New Jersey. Currently available in eight counties, the program is designed to increase activity levels of older adults while reducing the fear of falling.
The New Jersey Interagency Council on Osteoporosis is dedicated to the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive osteoporosis prevention and education program for the benefit of New Jersey residents. Award recipients will receive their certificates at an Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention event co-sponsored with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton on May 14th.
For more information on the ICO, Project Healthy Bones, or A Matter of Balance, call 609-633-8746 go on-line to www.aging.nj.gov