May is National Osteoporosis Month

The National Osteoporosis Foundation works to prevent osteoporosis and broken bones by promoting the importance of building strong bones for life through awareness, education, advocacy and research programs. As a dedicated month when we work to focus public attention on osteoporosis, the millions of people affected and broken bones caused, National Osteoporosis Month is an important part of this effort.

Here are a few of the recent statistics on osteoporosis:

  • 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, putting them at risk for broken bones.
  • Osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones every year in the U.S.
  • One in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis.
  • Osteoporosis-related bone breaks cost patients, their families and the healthcare system $19 billion annually.
  • Experts forecast that by 2025, osteoporosis will be responsible for three million fractures resulting in $25.3 billion in costs.

National Osteoporosis Month takes place each May and is a time we can all come together to Break Free from Osteoporosis. Please download and share the information and materials below to join us in spreading the word about the importance of building strong bones for life.

2014 Break Free from Osteoporosis Poster

Our 2014 campaign poster is available in a variety of sizes and formats. Please download it today and join us in encouraging others to Break Free from Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Resources

Download the materials below to get the facts on osteoporosis and the steps you can take to prevent it.

Online Inspire Support Community

With more than 21,000 participants, NOF's online support community hosted by Inspire is an excellent resource for people to discuss bone health topics of interest. Join the online community today.

Better Bites: Nutrition and Bone Health Webinar

NOF hosted a free webinar Wednesday, May 14 on the role of nutrition in building and maintaining bone health to help participants:

  • Identify nutrients that are important to bone health;
  • Understand the specific role of calcium and vitamin D in bone health; and
  • Find foods at grocery/retail stores that contain ingredients that promote bone health.

If you missed the live event, register to view the archive today. The webinar was made possible thanks to generous support from:





Break Free from Osteoporosis

Learn more about the campaign and what you can do to build strong bones for life.


Better Bites: Nutrition and Bone Health

If you missed our live webinar on May 14, register to watch the archive now.