Shelbyville Daily Union

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June 16, 2014

Girls Night Out on bone health

SHELBYVILLE, IL, – A typical adult woman has 206 bones in her skeleton which make up the internal framework of her body. Our bones protect our organs, brain and internal clockwork, plus they allow us to move about, so keeping bones strong and healthy is essential to overall health.

That’s why this month Shelby Memorial Hospital (SMH) Girls Night Out asks, “How strong are your bones?” SMH Girls Night Out will be held on Tuesday, June 24th. The event will be held at the Lake Shelbyville Visitors Center from 5-7 p.m., off of Route 16, just east of the main dam. All women in the community are invited.

The featured speaker for this event will be Dr. Doris Bowers of Shelbyville. Dr. Bowers will explain how osteoporosis, a disease of the bones, can weaken bones and may even bring about severe curvature of the spine. When bones are weakened by osteoporosis, a woman may experience a fracture from everyday tasks such as climbing stairs, lifting objects or bending.

Dr. Bowers will talk about several risk factors that may raise your odds of getting osteoporosis, and how you can find out if you have weak bones. She will point out the effects of a deficiency in calcium and Vitamin D, what long term usage of certain medicines may mean to your bones, and finally, the good news…proactive steps you can take to prevent bone loss.

Every Girls Night Out offers a snack and a chance to win a fabulous door prize.

Since 2009 when Girls Night Out was formed, SMH has addressed a wide-variety of relevant health topics; however, the focal point continues to be breast health. Self breast care and early detection of cancer through mammograms significantly improve a woman’s chance for treatment. Mammograms are encouraged and available at SMH by appointment. For more information on Girls Night Out, or to schedule a mammogram, please visit MySMH.org or call Shelby Memorial Hospital at 217-774-3961, ext. 5171.

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