Resources for Your Health

Healthy Bones Tampa Bay believes residents of the Greater Tampa Bay Area can empower themselves to reduce their risk to osteoporosis and fractures through participating in evidence-based Community Talks and having access to diagnostic tools.

Local Community Talks

Healthy Bones Tampa Bay has partnered with various Tampa Bay area health care agencies, civic organizations and nonprofits to provide venues for free Local Community Talks where medical professionals or American Bone Health-trained Peer Educators lead programs on building healthy bones for life.

Healthy Bones for Life™

A basic bone health talk that teaches what osteoporosis is, how it’s diagnosed and treated and what steps to take to stay strong and independent for life.

Location: TBD

Date and Time: TBD

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Stepping Out Strong™

To prevent falls, this program includes a balance assessment and demonstrations of simple exercises to improve balance, strength and flexibility. 

Location: TBD

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Can you get a bone density test?

Medicare will pay for a bone density test (DXA) as part of preventive screening every two years for women 65 or older and men 70 or older. Many insurance providers will cover the test under certain circumstances.

If Medicare does not cover you because of your age, any one of the following risk factors puts you at higher risk for osteoporosis and fractures. With any one of these factors, your insurance company should cover a DXA.

If you find you do not qualify under any of these guidelines, use the ABH Fracture Risk Calculator and determine your risk of fracture for yourself. You will be able to print a color graph that clearly shows your 10-year risk for a fracture and a list of questions to consider when you talk with your doctor.

DXA Scan Test Locations 

A DXA scan — or bone mineral density (BMD or DEXA) test — is a simple test that allows health care professionals to determine the thickness of the bone. You lay on a table and don’t even have to remove your clothing. The machine evaluates the quantity of bones in the lower-spine (lumbar region) and upper area of the thigh bone which attaches to the pelvic region (the entire hip area and its subdivisions, the femoral neck and trochanter). 

These locations in the body contain a large amount of trabecular bone, which is a lattice-like interior bone that tends to lose density as a person ages. Also, measurements gathered at these locations are easily duplicated, so health care providers can determine whether there are changes in bone density over time. 

The scan helps doctors and other medical practitioners to diagnose osteoporosis, manage bone loss and prevent fractures. 

To learn more about the DXA scan, visit American Bone Health.

*Test Sites




*Test sites will vary based on an individual’s insurance coverage. Please check with your insurance provider to determine your plan’s locations of coverage and benefits.

Bone Health Quiz &
Fracture Risk Calculator

Additional Bone Health Information 

As a nonpartisan, grassroots coalition, Healthy Bones Tampa Bay collaborates with a variety of health care agencies, local and state government entities and area nonprofits to improve bone health for all Greater Tampa Bay Area residents.

We believe residents in our region should have access to 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.

We closely work with American Bone Health, a national nonprofit organization that offers resources to help people of all ages enhance their bone health and reduce their risk for fractures through peer-reviewed, science-based programs. This year, American Bone Health celebrates its 30th Anniversary helping people to build healthy bones for life.

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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.