Margaret McNabb: Exercise, Exercise, Exercise


Margaret McNabb suffered from a sore back for years and years, and kept going to her physician until he finally referred her to a specialist. Although the thought had never occurred to her, Margaret was diagnosed with osteoporosis after a bone mineral density test when she was 50 years old. That was 17 years ago. Today, Margaret works hard to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

Not satisfied to sit back, her advocacy for osteoporosis awareness began with organizing the Bony Express walk in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, in 1993. The Bony Express walk was first started by Eleanor Mills and was a cross-country effort in 130 communities across Canada to raise awareness of the disease and to help others learn to reduce the risk of fractures.

She started volunteering with Osteoporosis Canada as the Treasurer on the Saskatoon Chapter Executive Committee (then called the Board), and later took on the Secretary role as well. She strives to increase awareness and to let people know there is help for them. She explains, “It is important to find out as much as you can, and if you can, to take medication, and exercise, exercise, exercise. Any bit of exercise is helpful.”

Since the writing of this story in 1993, Margaret has continued to have bone mineral density (BMD) tests to measure her progress and is pleased to report that her prognosis is excellent – no more bone loss. In her free time, Margaret enjoys cross-stitching, yoga, aquasize, Tai Chi, and walking her dog to keep active. She also volunteers for other organizations such as the library and election campaigns, and helps out her husband with his woodworking hobbies.

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