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Vitamin D supplementation and Fracture Prevention

Recommendations from Osteoporosis Canada Rapid Response Team

We are aware of the recent study by Dr. Meryl Leboff that concluded vitamin D3 supplementation of 2000 IU daily does not significantly lower the risk of fractures among generally healthy midlife and older adults. It is important to note that the study’s results and recommendations do not apply to individuals who have osteoporosis, previous fragility fractures or are at risk of severe vitamin D deficiency.

Osteoporosis Canada encourages individuals with osteoporosis to continue taking their current vitamin D supplementation.  Vitamin D helps build stronger bones by increasing the absorption of calcium. It also improves the function of muscles, which can improve your balance and decrease the likelihood of falling and suffering a fracture.

If you have osteoporosis, discuss your vitamin D requirements with your health care professionals before making any changes to your routine.

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis: What You Need To Know

Osteoporosis Canada together with Arthritis Society Canada presents Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis: What You Need To Know.

Despite the fact that osteoporosis, arthritis and osteoarthritis (a form of arthritis) are completely different conditions, they are frequently confused, in particular osteoporosis and osteoarthritis because both names start with “osteo.”

Dr. Heather McDonald-Blumer, a rheumatologist and Lisa Robinson, Registered Physiotherapist discuss each condition, how they differ, what makes them similar and if you have osteoarthritis and osteoporosis – how you can manage both conditions.

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Santé des os 101

Aimeriez-vous en savoir davantage sur les façons de maintenir la santé et la solidité des os? Ou connaissez-vous quelqu’un qui aimerait le savoir? Joignez-vous à notre webinaire Santé des os 101, une séance informative de base pour celles et ceux qui souhaiteraient connaître les faits sur la santé des os et l’ostéoporose. Cette présentation procure un aperçu sur l’ostéoporose et sur les façons de veiller à la santé des os afin de réduire les risques de souffrir de la maladie et de subir des fractures ostéoporotiques.

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COOKING DEMO WEBINAR: Beef Souvlaki Instant Pot Stew

This hearty stew has all the flavours of your favourite Greek souvlaki in this tasty and easy to prepare beef recipe. Using an instant pot helps get this meal done in no time. If you don’t have an instant pot – no problem! Use the slow cooker or stove-top variation. Cooking for one or two? This is a perfect recipe to freeze in portions to enjoy anytime. Prefer to have the stew on its own without pita bread? You can do that too. Each serving has 300 mg calcium and 57g protein.

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Dance! Ballet for Bone Health

Osteoporosis Canada together with Canada’s National Ballet School brings you Dance! Ballet for Bone Health. This virtual adult ballet class is a great way to learn the basics of ballet and to discover the joy of dance.

Exercise is an important step towards protecting your bones at every age, as it helps protect the spine, slows the rate of bone loss, and builds muscle strength, which can prevent falls.

Dance, including ballet, is an aerobic exercise that also assists with balance and posture awareness and is a benefit to physical and mental health.

Speak with your healthcare provider prior to engaging in any exercise program.

What to expect?

This class, based on Canada’s National Ballet School’s much-loved Adult Ballet Program, will provide participants with an introduction to ballet in a safe and supportive environment. With live musical accompaniment, this class will allow participants to explore their artistry while being introduced to foundations of classical ballet.

Class will begin with exercises at the barre, followed by dance combinations away from the barre. Participants can use the back of a chair or a countertop as an at-home barre.

Exercises will be modified to include seated options for those who prefer to dance in a seated position.

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COOKING DEMO – Thai Vegan Curry

For those that choose a plant-based diet it’s important to make sure you get the nutrients needed for bone health. Silk® Protein Unsweetened Original Almond & Cashew Beverage is a source of calcium and protein and is delicious on its own but can also be used in recipes like this one.

This South Asian inspired Thai curry recipe is made with tofu and Silk® Unsweetened Original Almond & Cashew Protein Beverage. This flavourful and creamy Thai curry is not only vegan but gluten-free as well and is sure to be a hit. Each serving has 350 mg calcium and 30g protein.

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COOKING DEMO – Meals in Minutes

Getting meals on the table can be quick and easy when you do a bit of planning and prep! Don’t miss the cooking demo with Emily Richards, PHEc as she shows us how to make flavourful, satisfying meals in minutes using portions of the Big Batch Calcium Boosted Beef that have been tucked into the freezer for recipes just like these. Per serving the Beef Ramen Noodle Soup has 225mg calcium and 34g of protein and the Turkish Style Pizza has 350mg calcium and 37g protein. These are perfect recipes when cooking for one or two or for any quick weeknight dinner.

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With Sympathy

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With Sympathy

September 8, 2022

Osteoporosis Canada is saddened to learn of the passing of Canada’s head of state and the longest-reigning British monarch, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the members of the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS) and to the ROS President, Her Royal Highness The Queen Consort along with all members of the Royal Family during this difficult time.

Together with millions of others across the globe, we honour and pay tribute to a respected and much-adored monarch who will be remembered for her sense of duty and her devotion to serve her country and the Commonwealth.


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