Osteoporosis Education Program Information

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Classes for anyone interested in osteoporosis information

OSTEOPOROSIS AND BONE HEALTH

For those individuals seeking more information about osteoporosis, Alberta Healthy Living offers Osteoporosis and Bone Health.  This class is intended for individuals who are interested in learning more about bone health including:

  • What is osteoporosis?
    What are the associated risk factors with osteoporosis?
  • What can I do to protect my bones?
  • Can I get nutrition information for managing osteoporosis?

Classes are instructed by a Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Dietitian (RD), or Pharmacist, and run 2.5 to 3 hours in length. Classes are offered through various locations throughout Calgary and at varying times during the year.  Classes about osteoporosis and bone health are for educational purposes and medical care will not be provided during the class. You are encouraged to bring a pen and paper to write down any notes and you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire at the end of class to provide us with feedback.  Call the Alberta Healthy Living Program at 403-943-2584 to register or for more information about this and other FREE classes for chronic conditions.

NUTRITION TOURS AT THE GROCERY STORE

For those individuals looking for a more hands-on approach to choosing food that supports bone health.  A registered dietitian will take you down the grocery aisles, read labels and help you make healthy food choices for your bone health at the grocery store.   These tours are 1.5 hours in length, offered bi-monthly at the Save-On-Foods, Calgary Heritage location only.  For more information, sign up at https://www.saveonfoods.com/nutrition-tours/ and make sure to include 'bone-health' and '(Calgary) Heritage location' in your submission.  The nutrition tour leader will be in touch with you.

Classes for patients who have been referred to the DHOC

Osteoporosis Bone and Health

Our Osteoporosis Centre offers Osteoporosis Bone and Health classes in a group setting. These classes are instructed by a Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Dietitian (RD), or Pharmacist for patients referred to our clinic. These classes are 2 hours in length, offered multiple times per month, and are intended to provide newly referred patients with:

  • An introduction to our clinic
  • An overview of what osteoporosis is and how it is diagnosed
  • Associated risk factors with osteoporosis
  • What you can do to protect your bones
  • Medical treatments for osteoporosis
  • Nutrition information for managing osteoporosis

The Osteoporosis Bone and Health classes are for educational purposes and medical care will not be provided during the class.  You are encouraged to bring a pen and paper to write down any notes, and you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire at the end of class to provide us with any feedback.

***Please note, this class provides general information about osteoporosis and once you are referred to the DHOC, you will be contacted to help schedule a time for you to attend this class.  Some patients referred to us at DHOC have complex metabolic bone problems for whom this class is neither necessary nor appropriate.  When the DHOC physician reviews your doctor’s referral, they will decide whether you should be invited to attend this class based upon whether it will be appropriate for your bone health issue.

What if I am unable to attend one of these pre-consultation classes?

If you have been referred to DHOC for an osteoporosis consultation, we strongly recommend that you attend one of these classes if you have been designated to do so.  You will be much more prepared and be able to get much more out of your time in the clinic after getting this background information.

However, we recognize that some people are truly unable to attend these classes either due to severe mobility issues or because they live at a great distance from the centre.  For these patients, we request that you watch the online version of our Osteoporosis and Bone Health, Bone Hygiene and Medications (updated links coming soon!)

Osteoporosis and Bone Health

Osteoporosis and Bone Health:  Bone Hygiene

Osteoporosis and Bone Health:  Medications