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AJN On the Cover

Collins, Amy M. associate editor

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: August 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 8 - p 21
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000403351.43234.d9
AJN On the Cover
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Our August cover photo depicts something that all women—especially those with pre- or postmenopausal osteoporosis—should consider doing to improve bone health: running. Lifestyle measures are key to preventing osteoporosis. Along with adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D, weight-bearing exercise is essential for bone health. And high-impact exercise, like running, appears to be most effective for increasing bone mass. Exercise also has an added benefit—it helps prevent falls by improving strength and balance, thus lowering the risk of fractures in women who already have osteoporosis. For more on exercise and osteoporosis, read this month's CE article "Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: A Review," by Karen Roush. For information on a screening tool to identify those at highest risk for bone fracture, read "Incorporating the WHO FRAX Assessment Tool into Nursing Practice," by Franklin D. Shuler, Jacob M. Conjeski, and Rhonda L. Hamilton. —Amy M. Collins, associate editor

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