Learn about Osteoporosis

Prevention and Healthy Living

Osteoporosis and the broken bones it can cause are not part of normal aging. There is a lot you can do to protect your bones throughout your life. You’re never too young or too old to improve the health of your bones. Osteoporosis prevention should begin in childhood. But it shouldn’t stop there. Whatever your age, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life. Now is the time to take action.

What can you do to protect your bones?

Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is essential to building strong, dense bones when you're young and to keeping them strong and healthy as you age.  Find out all you need to know about calcium and vitamin D - the two most important nutrients for bone health.

Food and Your Bones

The food that you eat can affect your bones. Learning about the foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients that are important for your bone health and overall health will help you make healthier food choices every day. 

Exercise for Strong Bones

There are two types of exercises that are important for building and maintaining bone density: weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises. Learn about each type of exercise and how you can incorporate both into your exercise routine.

A Guide to Calcium-Rich Foods

Looking for more ways to get calcium in your diet? Use our guide for a comprehensive list of calcium-rich foods to add to your weekly shopping list.  


Better Bites: Eating for Bone Health

While we all know the benefits of calcium and vitamin D in preventing osteoporosis, additional research is emerging linking fruits and vegetables with strong bones. A Florida State University researcher has found that eating dried plums is a simple, proactive solution to help support bone health.

Bone Healthy Recipes

Diet and exercise play critical roles in building and maintaining good bone health for people at every life stage – from infancy through adulthood. In honor of National Osteoporosis Month, we partnered with some of America’s best chefs to create recipes that are good for your bones.

Get the Facts on Calcium and Vitamin D

If you're confused by the recent reports and studies on calcium supplements and their effect on the heart, read our summary for a refreseher on the three critical steps for bone health and the facts on calcium and vitamin D.

Steps to Estimate Your Calcium Intake

Using the chart in this article can help you estimate the amount of calcium you get from food on a typical day. It can also help you learn how much more calcium you need each day from other food sources or supplements.