Every body needs healthy bones

Like most people, you probably don’t really think about your bones until something doesn’t feel right. But bones do more than just keep everything in place. They provide support and structure, protect vital organs, help us move, and even store essential minerals.

Did you know that over six million Australians, including adults and children, suffer from painful musculoskeletal conditions such as scoliosis, sciatica, osteoporosis, rickets and poor healing fractures? Not only does this cause a lot of pain for sufferers, but also costs around $6 billion each year in treatment*.

However, by building the right foundations for strong bones early in life, and then looking after those bones, many problems can be minimised or even prevented.

The good news is, it’s actually not very difficult. Good bone health comes down to three key elements: adequate calcium + regular exercise + plenty of sunshine. And it’s never too late to start.

There is a fourth element as well: dedicated research and education. Together, they’re our best hope to improve the wellbeing of the one in three Australians who currently suffer from bone problems, and help future generations avoid these debilitating conditions.

* Source: www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=60129547057