Bone Education Resource Center International Osteoporosis Foundation
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Name of education programme
Healthy Bones

Originating organisation
National Osteoporosis Society (NOS)

Contact
Claire Hammond
Education Adviser
National Osteoporosis Society
Manor Farm
Skinners Hill
Camerton BA2 0PJ

Tel:+44 1761 471771
Fax:+44 1761 471104
E-mail:  c.hammond@nos.org.uk

Description of the programme
After a successful 10-year programme reaching 10000 schools, the Healthy Bones pack has been updated and was re-launched in April 2003. A further 5000 packs will now be distributed to primary schools and school nurse teams. The new pack was fully trialled with feedback obtained from teachers, nurses, health promotion specialists and national curriculum advisors. It links to the national curriculum in health education, science, physical education, English, maths, design & technology and I.T. There are five full-colour units covering teacher's notes, the skeleton, growth, food, movement & physical activity. Each unit aims to answer the questions children might ask as well as providing worksheets that can be photocopied for class activities. In addition there are home activity sheets to ensure that bone health messages are passed on to parents and carers. The pack is promoted by the Education Adviser via the society members and support group network, as well as directly to school nurse teams and the healthy schools network.

Is the programme still running?
Yes

Target audience
Girls aged 5-11
Boys aged 5-11

Has the programme been approved by your scientific advisory committee?
Yes

What worked well
The pack was well researched and tested, and fits with the appropriate sections of the national curriculum. It has been professionally designed and aims to save teachers time with the worksheets that can be photocopied.

What didn't work well
Promoting the pack to individual schools and teachers is very time-consuming. Instead the pack is promoted at the network events of teachers and school nurses by the education adviser. A network of volunteers is being established to work with individual schools.

Type of information and material available
Flyers
Press releases
Illustrations and cartoons
Leaflets

Are you willing to provide material and advice to other IOF members?
Yes

Languages in which the material is available
English
Currently researching feasibility of translating into Welsh

Budget
£30,000

Corporate sponsors
No

Other partners
Small grants from individuals wanting to support young people's health education

Did the programme use celebrities, role models or mentors?
No

Is the programme suitable for other countries?
Yes, but consider that the pack is expensive to produce and therefore you need to make sure schools can afford to buy them or there are sources of funding to buy them for the schools.

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