2011 will be the inaugural year for the Wasatch Osteoporosis 5K and 1-Mile walk. We are very excited to join the campaign in raising awareness, promoting prevention, and encouraging treatment for osteoporosis in Utah. We hope to continue this tradition annually and expand our efforts to eventually include other distance races and events as well.
The race and walk will be held on October 22, 2011 and will start at 8am. It will be located at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City. Please register now and then join us on October 22, 2011 for the 5K race or come participate in the 1-mile walk if you are just getting started building healthy bones.
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Wasatch Osteoporosis Race has been initiated with 3 primary goals in mind:
1) Raising Awareness of osteoporosis.
One of the first steps in impacting the community and inspiring Utah residents to address osteoporosis as a disease is education and broader understanding regarding the disease process itself and the health risks that osteoporosis poses.
2) Promoting Prevention of osteoporosis.
Very simple steps can be taken initially to start on the path to building healthier, stronger bones. One important, central first step is regular weight-bearing exercise. This can be something as simple as walking in your community or participating in events like the Wasatch Osteoporosis 5K race or 1-mile walk.
3) Encouraging Treatment of osteoporosis.
If your physician has diagnosed you with osteoporosis, medical or pharmacologic treatment may be appropriate even beyond lifestyle and diet choices and/or changes. Supplemental vitamin D and calcium as well as prescription medications at the direction of your physician may be required to treat osteoporotic bones.