Do You Know Your T-Score?
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
A national educational program aimed at helping the public learn more about bone health, as well as the early detection of osteoporosis, treatment options, and prevention techniques will be held throughout Monroe County during May. Open to the general public, especially men and women in their mid-40s to late 60s, Fit to a T was developed in response to the Surgeon General’s first-ever report on bone health and osteoporosis, which indicated that Americans need to take care of their bone health NOW or by 2020, half of all Americans will be at risk of fracture.
Created by the United States Bone and Joint Decade, in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Fit to a T programs are currently being held nationwide, tapping into local resources to help relay the importance of bone health and early osteoporosis detection in individual cities. A portion of the program will focus on T-scores, which tells a person if their bones are weak or strong and the chances that they will fracture.
In Rochester, the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Osteoporosis Center is taking a lead role, with three of its osteoporosis experts participating in the sessions: Susan Bukata, M.D., medical director of the Osteoporosis Center; J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D., executive director of the OsteoporosisCenter; and Freda Hannafon; N.P., Osteoporosis Center. In addition, Stephanie Siegrist, M.D., an area orthopaedic surgeon, also is participating in the sessions.
All presentations are free, and will take place on Thursday evenings from 7 – 8:30 p.m.:
Rochester Public Library, 115 South Ave., Kate Gleason Auditorium
Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave.
Pittsford Community Library, 24 State Street
Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Ave.
Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road
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