IOF Women Leaders Roundtable 2006

IOF Women Leaders Roundtable 2006The Second Women Leaders Roundtable (June 2, 2006) saw nine prominent women - from the fields of public service, journalism, medicine, arts, politics, philanthropy and sports - participate. The event, titled 'Strong Bones, Strong Women', was held in conjunction with the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Toronto.

Participants of the roundtable discussed the need for greater prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis. They also the discussed the need for women to become greater participants in their own, and their families, bone health. 

The panel considered future directions for osteoporosis advocacy by women, particularly as the burden of osteoporosis is set to increase as populations age in many regions of the world. 

Participants included:

Moderator: Dr. Marla Shapiro, Canada, Associate Professor University of Toronto, Family and Community Health, journalist
Australia: Maxine McKew, journalist, TV host, patron of Osteoporosis Australia
Canada: Maureen McTeer, medical law specialist, human rights advocate, author, patron of Osteoporosis Canada
China: Alice Chiu, philanthropist, founder and director, Sheen Hok Charitable Foundation
Italy: Lella Costa, theatre actress, osteoporosis advocate
Panama: Justine Pasek, patron of Fundacion de Osteoporosis y Enfermedades Metabolicas Oseas
United Kingdom:Baroness Julia Cumberlege, member House of Lords, former UK health minister,
USA: Peggy Fleming, Olympic Gold Medalist and former world champion in figure skating, TV sports analyst
USA: Dr. Ethel Siris, president of National Osteoporosis Foundation (USA), IOF Board member

Women Leaders' Call for Action

Roundtable participcants signed the Osteoporosis Call for Action:

Women and men worldwide to:

  • Engage in a 'bone-friendly' lifestyle, including appropriate exercise programs, nutrition and attention to risk factors
  • Insist that health care professionals provide the best care possible

Healthcare professionals to:

  • Improve their knowledge about how their field of specialty relates to osteoporosis
  • Spend the time to advise patients about osteoporosis prevention and treatment

Governments to:

  • Recognize osteoporosis as a health priority
  • Pay for bone density scans and improve the availability of bone densitometry machines for people with risk factors before the first fracture
  • Pay for proven therapies for people with osteoporosis before the first fracture

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