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Welcome to the IOF Bone Education Resource Center

It is vital to build strong bones during childhood in order to reduce the risk of getting osteoporosis as an adult. But how can we best reach young people to encourage them to change their habits and life styles? IOF’s member societies and partners have created imaginative education programs, and we encourage you to look at their activities and contact them for more information.

For more information about the role of nutrition, exercise and heredity, please look at the new IOF publication Invest in Your Bones (PDF 534 KB), written by Jean Philippe Bonjour.

Links to educational websites for youth

Invest In Your Bones


Bone Education - National Programmes

Click on the country names for details.

  Primary Secondary School
Based
Outside
School
Integrated
Approach
Diet
Focus
Activity
Materials
Teachers'
Notes
Materials
in English
Website
Australia Yes Yes Yes   Yes   Yes Yes Yes  
Bulgaria (1) Yes Yes Yes   Yes   Yes      
Bulgaria (2) Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes      
Czech Republic Yes Yes Yes     Yes       www.laktea.cz
Estonia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes          
Finland Yes Yes Yes   Yes   Yes Yes   www.osteoporoosiyhdistys.fi/rollingbones
Germany Yes Yes Yes   Yes   Yes      
Hungary Yes Yes Yes   Yes   Yes      
Iceland   Yes Yes   Yes   Yes     www.beinvernd.is
India   Yes Yes Yes Yes          
Jordan   Yes Yes   Yes     Yes    
Lebanon Yes   Yes     Yes Yes     www.lops.org
Netherlands   Yes Yes   Yes          
New Zealand   Yes Yes     Yes   Yes Yes www.bones.org.nz/bones/
Norway   Yes Yes   Yes   Yes Yes    
Pakistan Yes Yes
(girls)
  Yes   Yes        
Palestine Yes   Yes     Yes        
Romania Yes Yes Yes     Yes        
Saudi Arabia Yes Yes   Yes Yes       Yes  
Slovenia Yes Yes Yes   Yes          
Spain   Yes Yes   Yes          
Turkey   Yes Yes   Yes          
UK Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes Yes Yes www.bonezone.org.uk
US Bone Biology Yes Yes Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes www.depts.washington.edu/bonebio
US Bone Builders Yes Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes www.BeABoneBuilder.com


DEFINITIONS

PRIMARY
up to age 11
SECONDARY
age 11 and above
INTEGRATED APPROACH
programme includes information on bone biology and the importance of both physical activity and diet for healthy bones
ACTIVITY MATERIALS
educational materials developed especially for use by children
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