Osteoporosis Education a Priority in New York State

In New York State alone, at least 3 million women and men (age 50 and over) either have osteoporosis or are at significant risk of developing osteoporosis. The good news is that, as a result of research, we now have effective ways to help you prevent, diagnose, and treat this sometimes disabling disease.

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thin and weak, often resulting in fractures (broken bones). Fractures can cause debilitating pain, reduced mobility, and a loss of quality of life.

The October 2004 release of “Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General” called for state health departments to join forces with the private sector and community organizations in a coordinated, collaborative effort to promote healthy bones.

Osteoporosis education is the key to helping you make choices necessary to achieve healthy bones and overall wellness for a lifetime. In 1997, the New York State Public Health Law 2707 (Osteoporosis Education Bill) established the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention Education Program (NYSOPEP) within the New York State Department of Health. This educational initiative makes it possible for all New Yorkers (the public and healthcare providers) to learn about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.

NYSOPEP provides education about the causes of osteoporosis, the value of prevention and early detection, and options for treatment. NYSOPEP information is accurate, current, and research-based.

NYSOPEP’s Statewide Osteoporosis Resource Center is headquartered at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York. Helen Hayes Hospital is a New York Presbyterian Hospital affiliate, operated by the New York State Department of Health and has been a leading center in osteoporosis research for over 25 years.