About World Osteoporosis Day
What is World Osteoporosis Day?
World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on 20 October, and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.
What you can do on World Osteoporosis Day
Join in your local World Osteoporosis Day events and campaigns, including the 'Walk for your Bones' taking place near you.
Show your support for people with osteoporosis by joining our Unbreakable Embrace on Facebook.
Support your national osteoporosis society. A list of national osteoporosis societies is available on the IOF website. Most important of all - ensure that you're following the three steps to unbreakable bones! And if you feel you may be at risk of osteoporosis, visit your doctor for a clinical assessment.
History of World Osteoporosis Day
World Osteoporosis Day was launched on 20 October 1996 by the United Kingdom's National Osteoporosis Society and supported by European Commission. Since 1997, the day has been organized by IOF. In 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organization acted as co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day. Since 1999 World Osteoporosis Day campaigns have featured a specific theme:
1999 Early Detection
2000 Building Bone Health
2001 Bone Development in Youth
2002 Preventing a First Fracture
2003 Quality of Life
2004 Osteoporosis in Men
2007 Risk Factors
2008 Advocate for Policy Change
2009 Advocate for Policy Change
2010 Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Fractures
2011 3 Steps to Unbreakable Bones: Vitamin D, Calcium and Exercise
2012 Stop at One: Make Your First Break Your Last