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National Osteoporosis Foundation

Press briefing on World Osteoporosis Day

The National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa
held a press briefing in support of World
Osteoporosis Day 2005 on the 20th of October, 2005.

Chaired by founding NOFSA Chairman, Tereza Hough, this news and features briefing launched:

* The Friends of NOFSA, a Fund raising element for this volunteer society dedicated to fighting one of the world's most common and devastating chronic diseases. In South Africa, osteoporosis - which causes the bones to weaken and break easily - strikes one in three women over 50 (more than breast cancer) and one in five men (more than prostate cancer), heedless of race, class, gender and, often, age. Within one year after a hip fracture, up to 20% of people die, 15- 20% need to be institutionalised and 50% of the remainder will not be able to lead an independent life.

* The Wishbone Symbol

* 'Move It or Lose It - Invest In Your Bones: A new report into how exercise helps to build and maintain strong bones, prevent falls and fractures, and speed rehabilitation. Written by Helmut W Minne on behalf of the International Osteoporosis Foundation Committee of Scientific Advisors, the report starts a worldwide three-year lifestyle campaign dedicated to prevention, treatment and care, with exercise the theme of this year's programme and nutrition next.

* In support of NOFSA's new exercise report,
Planet Fitness will, on October 27, be holding the following bone-friendly gym classes: Pilates matwork at the Plattekloof gym (16:45), Ballin' around at Centurion (18:15), Pilates at Wanderers (18:00) and Tight Thighs and Tush at Nelspruit (17:00). The classes will be free, and donations will be forwarded to NOFSA, which, in return, will give out special bright blue NOFSA shoelaces.

'Fragility': photograph taken by Josie Boraine


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