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Osteoporosis: Health Education

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to encourage young people to take action to reduce their chances of having (a) osteoporosis and (b) fragility fractures in later life. (280238)

A healthy lifestyle, including weight bearing exercise and following a balanced diet, can help to increase bone mineral density and protect against osteoporosis and the risk of fragility fractures in later life.

The Department is working closely with the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to address healthy lifestyles for children and young people on a variety of key health issues including exercise and diet. Holistic health initiatives such as the Healthy Schools Programme and the Healthy Further Education Programme are ensuring that progress continues to be made to develop healthy lifestyles among children and young people.

The society-wide movement, Change 4 Life, will also help children and their families become healthier by improving diets and levels of activity.