About Us

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is a registered not-for-profit, non-governmental foundation based in Switzerland.  IOF has been granted Roster Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

IOF functions as a global alliance of patient societies, research organizations, healthcare professionals and international companies working to promote bone, muscle and joint health.

We do this by:

  • Empowering people to take action to prevent, diagnose and treat bone, muscle and joint disorders
  • Campaigning for policy change to make bone, muscle and joint disorders a healthcare priority
  • Assisting healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care to people with bone, muscle and joint disorders
  • Supporting national osteoporosis societies to maximize their effectiveness in promoting bone, muscle and joint health

The IOF vision is a world in which people of all ages benefit from good bone, muscle and joint health, free of fragility fractures due to osteoporosis.

Our Bone Health Advocates

Chalida Thaochalee, Miss Thailand 1998

I think it is particularly important for young girls and boys to exercise in order to build stronger bones to prevent osteoporosis later in life, because most people reach their peak bone density and strength in their teens and twenties. After peak bone mass is reached, bone density remains stable during adulthood and then declines with age. Weight bearing exercises are essential for building bone density and mass. However, to obtain bone benefits, exercise must be regular.