National Healthy Bones Week is about educating everyone on the importance of developing and maintaining strong and healthy bones.
In today's world, we can expect to live to about the age of 80. One in three males and one in two females in Australia over the age of 60 will have osteoporosis. This is where the bones lose calcium, become fragile and break easily. You will start losing calcium from your bones as you age, so ensuring you have lots of it to start with is important. If you do not look after your bones now, you risk pain, bone deformity and loss of independence for the last 20 years of your life.
• Exercise-weight bearing (e.g. walking, football etc) and resistance training (pumping iron)
• Dairy food-3 servings a day (e.g. milk, cheese, yoghurt)
• Moderate alcohol
• Moderate salt
• Stop smoking
This information has been obtained from Dairy Australia and Osteoporosis Australia and has been brought to you by the USQ Health Service.