May is National Osteoporosis Month. Dietitian Claire Florsheim is passionate about healthy living and joined us Friday on Newschannel 6 at Noon.
She says osteoporosis is a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences. Currently, 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, or low bone density (osteoporosis means "porous bone). By 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 are expected to have low bone density or osteoporosis, and 1 in 2 women (that's 50%) of women over 50 will break a bone due to this disease. Prevention is key.
She says it's never too early, or too late, to make bone health a priority. Claire can show viewers three simple steps the entire family can take to help build strong bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis:
- Eat a nutrient-rich, balanced diet that includes foods rich in key nutrients like calcium and vitamin D. Katie will show fun ways to incorporate calcium rich foods including fresh spinach, yogurt and more - in a smoothie that even kids can help make. (Key visual - Green Monster Smoothie)
- Be active - participate in weight-bearing and aerobic activities.
- If you're a parent, act as a role model. Children will follow your lead.