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About Healthy Bones Tampa Bay

We believe all Greater Tampa Bay Area residents should receive personalized, culturally-appropriate and actionable information on bone health and fracture prevention.

Mission

Tampa Bay has the highest rate of fracture of any metropolitan area of equal size in the United States. Healthy Bones Tampa Bay endeavors to build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures in our community through collaborative, non-partisan grassroots efforts and evidence-based programs that promote bone health to avert osteoporosis and fractures.

Vision

Healthy Bones Tampa Bay imagines a time when local residents understand that strong bones are important for an active and independent life and that bone health can be attained through proper nutrition, good body mechanics, safe exercise and clinical treatments, if necessary.

Values

Collaborative, inclusive, diverse, mutual respect, willingness to work with science-based (peer-reviewed, published) research, sustainable, open-minded, action-oriented and communicative.

Values of Healthy Bones Tampa Bay

We Believe

All Greater Tampa Bay Area residents should receive personalized, culturally-appropriate and actionable information on bone health and fracture prevention through diagnostic screening and testing, Community Talks and one-on-one meetings with medical professionals or health care educators.

Everyone should have access to educational tools and peer-reviewed, science-based programs that promote healthy bones and lessen the chance of fractures and osteoporosis.

Collaborative efforts among health care agencies, local and state government entities, civic organizations and area nonprofits have the power to improve bone health as a quality of life measure for all Greater Tampa Bay Area residents.

Leadership

Kathleen works closely with the Healthy Bones Coalition, advising the Steering Committee on governance and making the Coalition self-sustaining.  

As Executive Director at American Bone Health, Kathleen collaborates with researchers and scientists to  provide relevant and accessible resources to the public regarding osteoporosis-related fracture prevention. Her 40-plus years as an executive has enabled her to lead agencies and coalitions which address bone health issues, including a national awareness campaign for older women and the Athletic and Performance Energy Deficit Initiative for young athletes. 

Kathleen holds a BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and graduated with honors from the Executive MBA Program at the University of San Francisco.

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Local Business Supporters

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What to know about bone health
and fracture prevention during COVID-19

  • Remove fall dangers in your home.
  • Stay physically active, and at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Eat for proper nutrition, and take a supplement if needed to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
  • Stick with your osteoporosis medicines and ask your doctor for extra if you’re unable to go to the pharmacy.
  • If you are due for Reclast, there is little concern about delaying for a few weeks or months.
  • If you take Prolia or Evenity injections, don’t miss your appointment.  Some facilities offer “drive-through” injections. Check with your doctor.
  • Bone density testing can be postponed, if necessary.
  • Speak with your doctor about the possibility of telephone and video visits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a page with steps you can take to reduce your risk of catching the virus if you have a chronic illness.

Be well. We are here for you if you have any questions.