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"Building Better Bones" focuses on osteoporosis prevention May 13
May 01, 2013

(April 29, 2013) North Adams Regional Hospital invites the community to “Building Better Bones” to learn about osteoporosis and how to reduce your risk on Monday, May 13 at NARH. Participants may sign up in advance for one of the sessions beginning at 5 p.m. on May 13. Each half-hour session will be followed by a short demonstration of osteoporosis-fighting exercises in the NARH Rehab Services gym.
 
To register for “Building Better Bones,” please call the NARH Rehab Services Department at 413-664-5448 or email info@nbhealth.org.
 
The education sessions will include presentations from physical therapist Maryann Racette, physical therapist assistant Carol Burns, registered dietitian Kristin Irace, and radiologic technologist Linda Bailot, NARH’s bone densitometry specialist.
 
“We hope women and men of all ages will consider coming to learn about their risk of osteoporosis,” said Bailot. “More than 40 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis, and about half of women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. We want to make sure you minimize your risk.”
 
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, risk factors for developing osteoporosis include smoking, not getting enough physical activity, unhealthy eating habits, drinking too much alcohol, taking certain medications and having certain medical conditions.
 
“Osteoporosis is a disease of the young that only manifests itself when we are older. Our program is designed for people of all ages including young adolescents,” said Priti Shah, director of rehabilitation services at NARH. “To avoid the problems that come with it, it’s important to learn all you can.”


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