Free bone health screenings at Freedom from Fractures event
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MONTEREY, Calif. — To celebrate National Bone Health Screening and Awareness Day, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is partnering with American Bone Health, a national organization that promotes strong and healthy bones, to host a free fracture screening event for the community.
Freedom from Fractures, is Saturday, July 11, at Community Hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Hospital is one of seven locations in the nation offering this event to raise national awareness about the 2 million preventable fractures that occur annually.
Community members 45 years of age and older are encouraged to attend. American Bone Health-trained peer educators will conduct the screenings, and attendees will receive a personalized bone health consultation and a plan for reducing their fracture risk. They can also learn about nutrition that promotes bone health from Community Hospital’s registered dietitians and see a demonstration of bone-building exercises.
“Educating our community members at a personal level about their bone health will reduce their risks of fractures, a goal of the hospital,” says Maggie LeBel, RN, of Community Hospital’s Orthopedic Center.
Community Hospital has been dedicated to improving the community’s bone health for years. The quarterly American Bone Health lecture series is a free community event with speakers on bone health topics. The next lecture is July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Community Hospital. Also offered are classes for various fitness levels: Better Bones and Balance and Pilates for Bone Building. Information on the lecture series and the classes can be found at www.chomp.org/classes.
Registration is required for the Freedom from Fractures screening event on Saturday, July 11. Available times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Space is limited. For more information, visit www.chomp.org, and to register, call (888) 452-4667.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/
ABOUT AMERICAN BONE HEALTH
American Bone Health is a national grassroots organization mobilizing individuals and communities with timely health information that supports strong and healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis and fractures.