• Introducing the FORE Fracture Risk Calculator™

    We’ve done a great job of educating people about bone density tests. But now there is a new method for screening people to determine if they are at risk for osteoporosis. It’s called fracture risk assessment. Over 66,000 Americans have used our tool since it was published in 2009. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think.

    For many years we have known that there is more to fracture risk than just bone density. There are many factors that can explain why in two individuals with the same bone density, one might break a bone and the other may not. The World Health Organization compiled data from all over the world to determine how to best “weigh” all the risk factors and to calculate fracture risk. Using fracture risk can help doctors better tell which patients need treatment. The calculator uses several standard risk factors to calculate 10-year fracture risk. We start with your age and the fracture rate expected for women/men like you. We then examine whether…

  • Kill two birds with one stone—the exercise stone that is

    Because I am so passionate about public health, I figured why not learn about preventing bone disease. Yes, granted, it’s a disease that predominately affects older people, but hey! it’s never too early to prevent something that may occur in the future. Plus, preventative measures are lighter on your pockets than actually treating the disease! In any case, I digress!

    Did you know that exercising not only benefits one by reducing their risk of contracting a heart disease such as diabetes and stroke but it can also help prevent various bone diseases such as osteoporosis. You are probably wondering how the heck does exercising promote healthy bones. Well, just like your muscles, bones are tissues that get stronger when one exercises. Young adults that exercise build more bone density compared to those that don’t. So young adults, it’s not too late for you to build stronger bones! Why not kill two birds with one stone? Why not exercise to stay in shape WHILE building healthy,…

  • Forward Folding Can Be Bad for the Bones!

    Whether you are in a yoga class or pulling the groceries out of your car, forward bending with a rounded back puts too much pressure on those important bones in your spine. Each vertebrae must crunch together easily causing fractures for people with low bone density. Just yesterday in class, I saw someone rounding over to reach the floor with their fingers. After class I noticed that person putting their hand to their back. You don’t want to feel this type of pain after your yoga practice. It’s really important to focus on good form by keeping your back in a straight or neutral position and hinge at the hip.

    So in yoga, forward folds such as Paschimottanasana (sitting forward bend) and Uttanasana (standing forward bend) can be too much for your spine, especially if you have low bone mass or osteoporosis. Now, for some limber people without bone concerns who can still achieve a straight back while bending over, forward folds might be ok. For others with low bone density…

  • Fruits of the Sea

    The hot days of August beg for vacations and day trips to the water. Cool water and lovely breeze make for an enjoyable way to beat the heat, but there are more benefits – nutritional benefits to be exact – that water can offer. Because of my mild distaste for lighter meats like chicken and turkey and the generally high saturated fat content of red meats, I tend toward a “pescetarian-style” diet – in other words seafood! As long as you look for sustainable fish and avoid seafood that is high in mercury, such a diet can provide healthy vitamins and minerals along with a very lean source of protein. Check out our favorite West Coast resource on sustainable fish – the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

    In terms of bone health, some fruits of the sea pack a wealth of calcium. Salmon may be a familiar example, as it is often cited for its numerous health benefits, but there are many other nutritional powerhouses dwelling beneath the water’s surface.

    Sardines are high up…

  • Eating right after a work out!

    Children need to be active for a number of reasons. Physical activity helps control weight, increase life expectancy, and building strong and healthy bones!

    It is also important for children to get lots of fluids and nutrients immediately after a game or a workout to replace what they have lost during their exercise.  Studies show that an hour after a workout is one of the best opportunities to replace nutrients. The meal or snack that children eat after their workout is most important for replenishing their energy sources.

    I cannot stress enough how important it is for young children to replenish their nutrient reserves after a physical activity. Work from American Bone Health shows that young girls who do not take in enough calories and nutrients after their workout may suffer from Athletic Energy Deficit (AED) and if AED goes unnoticed and untreated, it can lead to low bone density, stress fractures, future reproductive issues, and quite possibly the early onset of…

  • The need to volunteer

    I have asked myself what motivates or inspires people to dedicate their time to sharing knowledge and awareness about osteoporosis and bone health.
    I am 21 years old and, to be honest, while I love to volunteer, help others, and especially explore, I have not spent one moment of my life worrying about osteoporosis. So I am curious. What is it that leads people to not only take the time to educate themselves, but take the initiative to educate others?
    When I think of this for myself my answers are 1) a deep understanding of the necessity of supporting the cause and a logical connection to the good of my community, 2) a sense of appreciation from those that I am helping, 3) the connections I build with the people I work with (i.e. how welcome I feel, how engaged I feel, how much I feel that I am a necessary part of the group), and/or 4) the satisfaction of helping someone with a problem to which I feel personally connected.

  • It doesn’t affect people like me, does it?

    I always thought that bone disease was something that didn’t affect people like me—by me, I mean young people.

    It wasn’t until I began working at the American Bone Health that I realized that everything that I do now, as a young adult, will impact my health in the future. Growing up, I took my health for granted. I just thought that I was born healthy-I didn’t think that what I was doing contributed to my health. I was a very active child, adolescent and young adult. I ran track for 4 years, I played soccer for 10 years and I did karate for about 2 years—I was pretty athletic. I ate pretty well—I didn’t like milk growing up, but I LOVED orange juice and luckily for me, my mom always bought calcium fortified orange juice. So I guess that made up for the milk that I was lacking.

    I write all this to say that I unknowingly was preventing myself from the risk of bone disease as an adult. With healthy eating habits and frequent exercising,…

  • Connecting Bones and Yoga

    When people exercise they tend to think about their heart health or building and toning their muscles. Rarely do people focus on building their bone mass through exercise. This isn’t surprising since we can’t actually see our bones growing stronger. Although we can’t see them, we should not forget about them. More and more people are finding out that yoga has many positive benefits to your health, including bone health! American Bone Health is providing important information about the bone-yoga connection and, most importantly, doing yoga safely.

    On April 30th, American Bone Health teamed up with Oakland-based, Piedmont Yoga Studio on the first Bone Safe Yoga event. About 25 people came out to learn more about bone health and how to modify their yoga practice to meet their bone health needs. Bone health expert and physical therapist, Sherri Betz, set the stage with bone health information and its link with yoga. Then, Anne Appleby, Cheryl Fenner Brown and Joanne…

  • Green is good!

    This summer, smoothies have become my favorite go-to snack. The great selection of produce in season right now and the ease of single serving-size blenders (I bought one made by Hamilton Beach at Target for only twelve dollars!) make smoothies a great option for a healthy, on the go treat.

    In the month of July, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are perfectly ripe for the picking, so I take a sunny Saturday afternoon as opportunity to go to the local farmer’s market to stock up. These berries definitely pack their fair share of antioxidants, but to add a real punch, I also buy a bundle of kale or spinach to add to my smoothies.

    You may be thrown off by the thought (or the green color) of this revamped smoothie, but the taste is even better than the same version sans-leafy greens! Plus, the green addition lends a long list of nutrients to your smoothie. If you choose to add spinach, for example, you will be contributing vitamins and minerals essential to bone…

  • New Years Resolutions!

    The holidays are over and everyone is getting back into his or her routines and everyday life. Chilly days and the thought that there are six more months before summer vacation can sometimes give people the blues, but I always embrace this time early time of year and try to make January better than any other month. The fact that a new year has come brings us the opportunity to set goals, get rid of bad habits and start good ones.

    As you can tell from my other blogs, I am very into goal setting, and there is no better time of year than January to do this. I make goals for everything! For running (of course) from the times I want to run to the races I want to win. While I was in school I made academic goals. Now I make goals related to being a mother (as I now have baby number two on the way due in April). Goals regarding health, finances, being orderly, things to accomplish and so on, are examples of other goals people make as their “New Years Resolutions”. Additionally dropping…