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Exercise for Osteoporosis Prevention

Slawta, Jennifer N. Ph.D.; Ross, Roberta M.S.

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Learning Objective To discuss the influence of physical activity upon bone and to describe a specific exercise program shown to prevent bone loss in postmenopausal women.

Osteoporosis is predicted to increase by 25% over the next decade. Specific weight-bearing exercises can prevent bone loss and risk of falling in postmenopausal women. This article endorses an exercise program designed to lower such risks.

Jennifer N. Slawta, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Health and Physical Education Department at Southern Oregon University. Her research focuses upon exercise science, nutrition, and body composition and their relationship with disease, specifically coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Roberta Ross, M.S., has been teaching the osteoporosis prevention exercise class since 2001. She has worked as a research assistant and is currently employed as health educator at Southern Oregon University.

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