The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, promoting strong bones for life and reducing human suffering through programs of public and clinician awareness, education, advocacy and research. Established in 1984, NOF is the nation’s only health organization solely dedicated to osteoporosis and bone health.
Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 54 million Americans. Studies show that one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. NOF works to improve patient care and support for those who have broken bones due to osteoporosis and to educate the public to prevent osteoporosis and broken bones and promote strong bones for life.
In order to accomplish its mission, NOF accepts support from a wide breadth of diversified sources, including individuals, foundations, government sources and corporations.
While some of these funds may be restricted to specific projects, NOF maintains its independence and objectivity in accordance with the National Health Council’s guiding principles. NOF does not endorse any particular product, service or point of view, but does inform the public about all FDA-approved therapies, as well as the availability of other appropriate products and services as part of its educational responsibility to the public and healthcare professionals.
Scientific members of NOF’s Board of Trustees, as well as other leading experts in the field of osteoporosis, are routinely consulted to provide a fair and balanced perspective on the organization’s written materials and educational programming.
NOF is in full compliance with the Good Operating Practices Standards of the National Health Council and has been awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence.
There are many ways to get involved and support our mission. Find out what you can do to ensure we’re able to continue raising awareness for osteoporosis and educating the public about the importance of good bone health in order to protect future generations from this disease.
Last Reviewed 08/07/2018