World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on 20 October. The day marks the launch of a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Each year features a different campaign theme and message.

The theme for 2013, ‘postmenopausal women & their bone health,’ will highlight the reasons why women in particular are at greatest risk of osteoporosis and fractures.  Additionally, the marketing of WOD2013 will include an emphasis on intergenerational bone health awareness, and secondary fracture prevention messages will be integrated into the 2013 theme when possible. 

Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), World Osteoporosis Day involves activities by national osteoporosis societies in over 90 locations around the world.

Visit the World Osteoporosis Day website to learn how you can be involved, download resources and be inspired by the incredible activities national osteoporosis societies around the world have organized to mark World Osteoporosis Day.

History of World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day was launched on 20 October 1996 by the United Kingdom's National Osteoporosis Society and supported by European Commission. Since 1997, the day has been organized by IOF. In 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organization acted as co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day. Since 1999, World Osteoporosis Day campaigns have featured a specific theme:

1999 Early Detection
2000 Building Bone Health
2001 Bone Development in Youth
2002 Osteoporosis in the Workplace
2003 Quality of Life
2004 Osteoporosis in Men
2005 Exercise
2006 Nutrition
2007 Risk Factors
2008 Advocate for Policy Change
2009 Advocate for Policy Change
2010 Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Fractures
2011 3 Steps to Unbreakable Bones: Vitamin D, Calcium and Exercise
2012 Stop at One: Make Your First Break Your Last
2013 Postmenopausal women and their bone health