Chalk & Cheese: Optimum Nutrition For Bone Health
Almost every 8 minutes, someone is admitted to a hospital somewhere in Australia
with a fracture due to osteoporosis. 1.9 million, which is 1 in 10 Australians
have the condition.
Osteoporosis and Fractures
Osteoporotic fracture occurs in more than 65,000 people
each year. Just losing 10% of the bone mass in your spine can double the risk of spinal
fracture and a 10% loss of bone mass in your hip can increase your risk of a
broken hip, two and a half times. By 2020, one third of all hospital beds in
Australia are likely to be occupied by hip fracture patients and 20% of people
with hip fracture will die within 6 months.
There are now one in three Australian women and one in eight Australian men over
the age of 50 years who will experience osteoporotic fracture and might need to
join the admission queue to hospital. Spokesperson for Nutrition Australia,
Aloysa Hourigan says, “The foods we eat and other lifestyle factors earlier in
life can have a major impact on our risk of osteoporosis. The amount of
calcium-rich foods we eat early in life will have an impact on the peak bone
mass we develop. Achieving your optimal peak bone mass in childhood and through
adolescence can help to protect your bone health later in life”.
Help for Osteoporosis
To help Australians prevent the onset of this chronic health problem, Nutrition
Australia is taking the message about lifestyle changes to protect your bone
health to the workplace. As part of “National Healthy Bones Week” (first week in
August), Nutrition Australia is launching it’s: “Chalk & Cheese: Optimal
Nutrition for Bone Health” package. This workplace health package includes a one
hour interactive and practical presentation to staff to raise awareness of the
lifestyle factors, including food patterns and physical activity, that can
protect bone health; a number of Nutrition Australia Publications (books,
booklets, leaflets and posters); a one year membership to Nutrition Australia
for your workplace; E-mailed recipes for the week; E-mailed activities and staff
newsletter inserts and tips for the week.
To find out more about Nutrition Australia’s “Chalk & Cheese” workplace package
contact the Nutrition Australia division in your State or Territory or go to the