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World Osteoporosis Day 2016
Love Your Bones - protect your future
World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), marked on October 20 each year, is a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. It aims to put bone, muscle and joint health on the global health agenda and reaches out to health-care professionals, the media, policy makers and the public at large.
The 2016 World Osteoporosis Day campaign calls on the general public to take early action to protect their bone and muscle health, in order to enjoy a good quality of life and independence in the future. Similarly, it calls on health authorities and physicians to protect their communities’ bone health. Despite the many effective treatment options, osteoporosis often remains undiagnosed and undertreated. By ‘closing the care gap’ through timely assessment and treatment, health professionals, government health authorities, clinics and hospitals can work together to reduce the human and socioeconomic burden of fragility fractures
Specifically, the 2016 World Osteoporosis Day campaign will aim to:
- Promote worldwide awareness of osteoporosis and the heavy toll the disease can take on an individual’s future if left undiagnosed and untreated.
- Educate the public about the specific risk factors that increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
- Encourage individuals who have risk factors, including first fractures, to seek testing and treatment if required in order to protect their longer term future.
- Advocate for preventive care worldwide: enable healthcare professionals and health authorities to close the persistent ‘care gap’ by addressing critical issues such as under-diagnosis and under-treatment, lack of Fracture Liaison Services to systematically identify and treat high risk patients, and poor adherence to treatment.
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Love Your Bones logo
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World Osteoporosis Day 2016 Resources
See how you can implement the 2016 World Osteoporosis Day campaign in your setting, whether you're an individual, an organization, a company, or media.
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A complete guide for osteoporosis prevention, which outlines the proper diet required to build, maintain and sustain strong bones throughout life.