West Virginia Osteoporosis & Arthritis Program

West Virginia Osteoporosis & Arthritis Program

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Our Mission

To reduce the prevalence of Osteoporosis and Arthritis in West Virginia by providing information on prevention and education, making available information on treatment, and lessening pain and disability by encouraging individuals to maintain productive lives.

Calcium Counts

Make a Lifetime Calcium Commitment

Calcium helps boost bone mass, reduces the risk of fracture caused by osteoporosis and lowers your risk for other diseases. Research shows it may help:

  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Reduce the risk of certain cancer
  • Maintain a healthy weigh

Refueling with Milk, Cheese and Yogurt

Before you place mealtime on the back burner, think about this:  eating better can help you enjoy a more productive, healthy and energetic life.

Daily calcium needs can be met by enjoing a large cafe latte en route to work, ordering milk at the drive-thru and snacking on a fruit-flavored yogurt in the afternoon. Find out how you can get the calcium you need to lead a healthy life by reading the guide Thinking about Calcium? Find it in Food First.

Are you and your Child Eating Enough Foods with Calcium?

Dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt provide your body with the calcium it needs to make strong bones. Not eating enough calcium is a concern for the whole family. If you are not eating the recommended amount as a parent, then your child may not be getting enough either, while may increase the risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis.

Assess your calcium intake with by taking this Calcium Quiz and discussing the answers with your pediatrician, family doctor or registered dietician.

Here are some tools to ensure your family gets the calcium they need:



West Virginia Bureau for Public Health • 350 Capitol Street • Room 206 • Charleston, WV 25301
phone: 304-558-0644 • fax: 304-558-1553

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