Join us in spreading awareness!

Each May, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) works to generate awareness and inspire behavioral change regarding the critical importance of good bone health and osteoporosis prevention. Osteoporosis is common. One in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The disease, which is not a normal part of aging, is serious causing broken bones, pain, suffering and life-altering loss of mobility — yet it is treatable and even preventable.

Please take a look at our free, downloadable resources and information. During May and all year long, we want everyone to make a commitment to be bone strong!

Webinar: The Economic Impact of Osteoporotic Fractures 

We held a webinar on May 13th at 12PM ET on The Economic Impact of Osteoporotic Fractures. Last Fall, NOF released a report from the actuarial firm, Milliman, on the economic burden of osteoporosis fractures based on Medicare data. During May’s National Osteoporosis Month, NOF’s Interim CEO, Claire Gill, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Andrea Singer, shared highlights from the report and discussed the policy agenda NOF created based on the report findings. If you are interested in viewing the full Milliman report, click here.

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To view the full recording, click here.

10,000 Steps a Day in May Challenge 

To help prevent osteoporosis, you must build strong, dense bone early in life. It is imperative to do weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises to build and maintain your bone strength through your lifetime.

NOF kicked off the month with the 10,000 Steps a Day in May Challenge. Why 10k steps a day? It adds up to approximately five miles each day for most people, which includes about 30 minutes of daily exercise — satisfying the CDC’s recommendation of at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

Suggested Social Media Posts for the #10kStepsADayChallenge

Facebook / Instagram – May is National Osteoporosis Month! I’m taking the #10kStepsADayChallenge to raise awareness about the importance of bone heath! @nationalosteoporosisfoundation

Twitter – I’m taking the #10kStepsADayChallenge to raise awareness about bone health! @OsteoporosisNOF

10,000 Steps Challenge Flyer

NOF created the 10,000 Steps Challenge flyer for folks to print, post and share.

Flyer and Digital Calendar

While these materials were designed specifically for National Osteoporosis Month, they are packed with consumer-friendly information and tips that can be used year-round.

Download NOF’s information-packed flyer to share with family, friends and colleagues. 

NOF has a handy digital calendar with 31 Ways to Stay Bone Strong. If you learn and practice one tip for each day in May, you will be well on your way to helping protect your bones! Each date links to a vetted action, fact or resource that will empower your ability to live your best life.

Social Media Toolkit

In May and every day, get social and stay bone strong!  

There is so much you can do to spread awareness and show your support by using social media. It’s more important than ever that we come together to support each other, rally our communities and raise awareness about bone health during National Osteoporosis Month in May!

We prepared this user-friendly toolkit with everything you need to share information on social media with your peers, colleagues, friends, family and in your community.

NOF’s social media toolkit is complete with posts, tweets and images – making it easier for everyone to spread the news far and wide about the importance of good bone health.

For inspiration, check out the information below! You can download the social media toolkit here.

Facebook Photo Frames

Photo frames were designed to help supporters let colleagues, friends and family know about National Osteoporosis Month.

Suggested Social Media Images and Posts

NOF made it easy to share posts on social media. Supporters were encouraged to choose from the already-created images and/or copy and paste any of the posts below.

Facebook: Suggested Posts for May 2020

May is #NationalOsteoporosisMonth! Join us in the 10,000 Steps a Day Challenge to celebrate and promote bone health. #10KaDayInMay

May is National Osteoporosis Month! Here are 31 Ways to Stay Bone Strong during the entire month!

Diet and exercise play critical roles in building and maintaining good bone health for people at every life stage – from infancy through adulthood. Learn more about osteoporosis and find resources to promote bone health during May’s National Osteoporosis Month at

Did you know that the number of annual osteoporotic fractures is projected to grow 68% by 2040? Learn more about osteoporosis and how you can raise awareness during May’s National Osteoporosis Month at

Twitter: Suggested Posts for May 2020

Challenge your family and friends to take the #10KaDayInMay challenge for bone health! Ten thousand steps for each day in May! #NationalOsteoporosisMonth  

May is National Osteoporosis Month! Join us in the 10,000 Steps a Day in May Challenge to promote bone health. #10KaDayInMay

NOF’s online support community, hosted by Inspire, is an excellent forum for people to discuss bone health topics of interest. Join during May’s National Osteoporosis Month to get connected:

Help improve patient care for those suffering from osteoporosis by making a donation during #NationalOsteoporosisMonth. Together we can make a difference!

A Few Shareable Facts About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is responsible for an estimated two million broken bones per year, yet nearly 80 percent of older Americans who suffer bone breaks are not tested or treated for osteoporosis.

Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help slow or stop the loss of bone mass and help prevent fractures.

A woman’s risk of fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.

A man is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.

Additional Resources

Lead Press Release

Learn more about NOF’s launch of National Osteoporosis Month in our lead press release.

Other Resources

Learn what Calcium is and what it does.

Learn about the role Vitamin D plays in bone health.

Learn About the Risk of Fracture Versus the Risk of Rare Side Effects from Treatment.

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Download our Safe Movement Brochure on preventing fragility fractures. It contains helpful information on anti-fracture medicine, safe movement, and fall prevention.

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Free On-Demand Webinar: Answers to Most Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions. We hear frequently from patients and healthcare professionals with questions about nutrition and what the latest evidence means. Learn the latest scientific evidence regarding nutrients important to bone health and get answers to some of the most frequent questions NOF receives about nutrition and bone health.

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Special thanks to Amgen for providing a grant to support NOF’s risk equation video.

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