National Osteoporosis Society

The Peter Cruddas Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Society

UK Helpline and Information Centre

Through a substantial donation made by The Peter Cruddas Foundation the National Osteoporosis Society has been able to develop a new UK Helpline and Information Centre to build much needed capacity. The new 'Peter Cruddas Suite' now houses a team of specialist Helpline Nurses who answer over 14,000 calls a year from those living with osteoporosis, their carers and health professionals. The development of an information centre is enabling the charity to transform, improve and add to its range of existing services in order to meet the escalating needs of millions of sufferers. The Peter Cruddas Suite was officially opened by the President of the National Osteoporosis Society, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, on 5th February 2009.

The 'Free for All' initiative

The Peter Cruddas Foundation has generously funded the National Osteoporosis Society's full publications suite in 2009. This includes a comprehensive range of information on all aspects of osteoporosis, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment and living with the consequences of osteoporosis. It also includes a new flagship booklet entitled 'All About Osteoporosis' which gives a comprehensive overview of all the different aspects of the condition and answers most general information needs.

Information is vital to understanding and managing a chronic condition such as osteoporosis. The provision of free information is making a tangible difference to the lives of many thousands of people. This includes people living with the pain of osteoporosis to young people who need information on nutrition and exercise in order to prevent this debilitating disease.

The Bone Factor Tour to Help Kids Build Stronger Bones

19th October

With generous support from The Peter Cruddas Foundation the National Osteoporosis Society's
Bone Factor Tour is travelling the country visiting primary schools this week in the build up to World Osteoporosis Day.

The Bone Factor Tour is the result of a national dance competition for schools. Primary School children proved their bone-health credentials by submitting a video or photographs of a choreographed dance which helped them to build stronger bones. Six winning schools were selected from the entries to take part in the Bone Factor Tour.

The schools receive a visit from celebrity dance judge Craig Revel Horwood (Strictly Come Dancing) and are able to take part in a dance class with him, followed by a performance of their winning entry.

An extra special visit will take place on World Osteoporosis Day when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the National Osteoporosis Society, will join Craig on the Bone Factor Tour as it touches down at St Clement Danes primary school in London.

The Bone Factor Tour reaches children at a crucial age because bones stop growing in length between the ages of 16 and 18, and peak bone density is reached in our mid 20s. Regular weight-bearing exercise when we are young, such as dancing, combined with a balanced, calcium-rich diet means that we can build stronger bones at this crucial time to support us as we get older. Healthy lifestyles at any age can help maintain our bones but by targeting children we are making big steps early on to prevent potentially disabling bone problems, like osteoporosis, in later life.

As well as covering the costs of the Bone Factor Tour, The Peter Cruddas Foundation has helped to fund the costs of the Bones4Life educational website and accompanying resources for the children and teachers (www.bones4life.org).

For further information please visit www.nos.org.uk

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