Osteoporosis Education A Priority In New York State

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thin and weak, often resulting in fractures (broken bones). Fractures can cause debilitating pain, reduced mobility, and a loss of quality of life.

In New York State alone, at least 3 million women and men (age 50 and over) either have osteoporosis or are at significant risk of developing osteoporosis. Are you at risk? The good news is that, as a result of research, we now have effective ways to help you prevent, diagnose and treat this sometimes-disabling disease.

Osteoporosis education is the key to helping you make choices necessary to achieve healthy bones and wellness for a lifetime. In 1997, Governor George Pataki signed the Osteoporosis Education Bill (New York State Public Health Law 2707). This bill established the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention Education Program (NYSOPEP) within the New York State Department of Health. This educational initiative makes it possible for all New Yorkers (the general public and healthcare professionals) to learn about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

NYSOPEP provides education about the causes of osteoporosis, the value of prevention and early detection, and options for treatment. NYSOPEP information is accurate, current and research-based.

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York, is the Statewide Osteoporosis Resource Center. Helen Hayes Hospital is a New York Presbyterian Hospital affiliate, operated by the New York State Health Department and has been recognized as a Specialized Center for Osteoporosis Research by the National Institute of Health since 1987.

For more information about how you can promote healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis, please go to www.NYSOPEP.org or call 845-786-4772. In addition, there are several informational handouts for your use that are listed below.

©NYSOPEP, 2012