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“The goal of the program is to increase awareness of osteoporosis as a preventable disease by practicing healthy lifestyles including consuming a healthy diet high in calcium and engaging in regular weight-bearing physical activity.” The Building Better Bones curriculum includes lesson overviews, speaking notes, handouts, pre and post tests, activities, additional resource links, and food demonstration recipes.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
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United States Department of Agriculture. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
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  • Pilot Tested
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Piloted in 1999-2000 school year in 6 counties statewide in Arizona. Was taught in five schools and reached 571 students. The data revealed a 57% increase in students recognizing what osteoporosis is, a 71% increase in knowledge of how much calcium is. Koslo, J.L., J. Nowak, K. Twitchell, S. Strembel 17th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Poster Session, “Building Better Bones”-An Osteoporosis Prevention Curriculum for Fifth and Sixth Graders, Feb 2003.

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