Bone Builders is a community-based osteoporosis prevention education program for women and older men in Arizona. Osteoporosis is a silent disease that causes porous bones that break easily. One in two women over 50 and one in five older men will suffer from a fracture due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can be caused by a variety of reasons, including a lack of calcium in diet, sedentary lifestyle and certain medications. Become a Bone Builders volunteer to teach others about preventing osteoporosis. For more information, visit the Bone Builders website http://www.bonebuilders.org/
Healthy bone growth and maintenance requires adequate calcium intake. You can meet your calcium needs from foods, beverages, and, if necessary, supplements. How much calcium do I need each day? How do I find the calcium content of a labeled food? How can I tell if a food is a good source of calcium? Take a look at this University of Arizona CALS Cooperative Extension publication to help answer some of these questions and learn more about adequate calcium intake.