"Calcium for Bone Health" Wordfind

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

Osteoporosis, a loss of bone density that can occur as we age, is responsible for over a million broken bones each year, and is a major cause of fractures, back pain, spinal problems and loss of independence. Ten million Americans are living with osteoporosis today, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that by the year 2020 one in two Americans over age 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis or low bone mass. With the aging of the baby boomers, awareness of the disease becomes ever more important.

Consuming enough calcium is an important way to build strong bones. This month’s wordfind puzzle contains the names of some great calcium sources. Give your brain a workout and find them all!

Need some help? Click here for the puzzle solution.


For More Information

Sometimes when it comes to calcium in foods…it's complicated! Certain foods and combinations of foods can make it harder for our bodies to absorb dietary calcium. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) offers simplified information on how the foods you eat affect your bones. The NOF also offers extensive information about the risk factors, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the disease, and the Generations of Strength Mother and Daughters Campaign, which urges grandparents to talk to their grandchildren about bone health.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers patient information on their consumer information website (www.orthoinfo.org)

The National Institutes of Health’s Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center brings together a wide variety of consumer information, including the Check Up On Your Bones interactive quiz to help you determine your risk.