Osteoporosis Didn't Slow Dancer

What's the connection between Dancing With the Stars and osteoporosis? Cloris Leachman. The Academy Award-winning actress is being honored by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) for living strong with osteoporosis.

Leachman and other honorees are being recognized at the NOF's Silhouette Awards Dinner in celebration of Healthy Bones, Build Them For Life®, the focus of the NOF's 2010 National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month campaign.

Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist, although any bone can be affected.

"Osteoporosis and broken bones affect one in two women and up to one in four men in the U.S. today," said Robert Recker, M.D., president of the NOF. "Our initiatives are dedicated to diminishing the scope and burden of the disease and helping people maintain active, healthy and independent lives."

The event, in conjunction with the campaign, increases awareness of osteoporosis and bone health among women and men of all ages and backgrounds. Osteoporosis impacts the health and well-being of the estimated 10 million Americans with the disease, with 34 million more estimated to be at risk for osteoporosis.

"We are so pleased to recognize the efforts of our honorees who are working tirelessly to advocate for improved access to care and raise awareness and understanding of osteoporosis," said Amy Porter, executive director and CEO of NOF. "These leaders are working at the regional and national level to support NOF's mission and spread the message to people of all ages that it is never too early—or too late—to protect your bones."

The NOF has partnered with other bone health advocates and organizations to initiate campaigns focused on both the prevention and management of osteoporosis. Through programs like Best Bones Forever!, aimed at girls ages 9-14, and Know My Bones, serving the post-menopausal woman, NOF is working toward our goal of promoting healthy bones for life.

Established in 1984, the NOF is the leading consumer and community-focused health organization dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and broken bones, the promotion of strong bones for life and the reduction of human suffering through programs of public and clinician awareness, education, advocacy and research.

For more information visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

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