World Osteoporosis Day 2015 theme is "Serve Up Bone Strength", 2014 theme is "postmenopausal women & their bone health".
Osteoporosis is a ‘silent disease’, a chronic condition caused by the slow loss of bone density, which results in bones becoming fragile, porous and brittle and hence more prone to fractures, usually in the wrist, spine and hips.
World Osteoporosis day held on the 20th of October every year highlights the importance of bone health and the debilitating effects of osteoporosis.
The 2010 World Osteoporosis Day laid emphasis on the health of the spinal bone with the theme ‘Don’t bend to osteoporosis.’ The World Osteoporosis Day provides the focal platform for disseminating information and educating the general public and policy makers about osteoporosis, especially spinal bone with the key message that Vertebral fractures are mostly overlooked and not treated, that early diagnosis is essential to halt a cascade of fractures and that the three major signs of vertebral fractures are loss in height, back pain and a stoop.
In 1996 the UK National Osteoporosis Society, initiated the World Osteoporosis Day, which is sponsored by the International Osteoporosis Foundation. It was supported by the WHO in 1988 and 1999 thereby increasing the impact of this yearly celebration.
In 1999, the theme of the World Osteoporosis Day was ‘Early Detection’ and followed the October 11th launch of the Interim report and WHO Task Force for osteoporosis.
The 2000 World Osteoporosis Day saw the first ever International Conference on osteoporosis in Geneva, which included an ‘Osteobus’ in which journalists could have their bones tested.
In 2001 the world osteoporosis day held a media workshop, press conference, a photographic exhibition and a report with the title ‘Invest in your Bones’ targeting young people and translated in 20 languages.
In 2002, the work outlined the previous year continued with focus on preventing the first fracture, individual action and ‘What needs to be done’ and a poster picturing a breaking wishbone was circulated worldwide.
The theme for the 2003 world osteoporosis day was ‘Quality of Life’ which emphasized the serious impact of osteoporotic fractures and how to prevent them.
The 2004 World Osteoporosis day laid emphasis on osteoporosis in men and the 2005 day focused on exercise to build bone mass and maintain bone health.
The 2006 world osteoporosis day theme was ‘Bon appétit’, highlighting the role of good nutrition in building strong bones and 2007 message was ‘Beat the Break: Know your osteoporosis risk’.
The year 2008and 2009 spearheaded positive action for maintaining bone health.
The common message in all the World Osteoporosis days is the need to change lifestyles to a healthier alternative by reducing smoking, alcohol intake and eating a balanced and nutritious diet.
World Osteoporosis Day 1996 Theme - Awareness
World Osteoporosis Day 1997 Theme - Awareness
World Osteoporosis Day 1998 Theme - Awareness
World Osteoporosis Day 1999 Theme - Early Detection
World Osteoporosis Day 2000 Theme - Building Bone Health
World Osteoporosis Day 2001 Theme - Bone Development in Youth
World Osteoporosis Day 2002 Theme - Preventing a First Fracture
World Osteoporosis Day 2003 Theme - Quality of Life
World Osteoporosis Day 2004 Theme - Osteoporosis in Men
World Osteoporosis Day 2005 Theme - Exercise
World Osteoporosis Day 2006 Theme - Nutrition
World Osteoporosis Day 2007 Theme - Risk Factors
World Osteoporosis Day 2008 Theme - Advocate for Policy Change
World Osteoporosis Day 2009 Theme - Advocate for Policy Change
World Osteoporosis Day 2010 Theme - Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Fractures
World Osteoporosis Day 2011 Theme - 3 Steps to Prevention: Calcium, Vitamin D and Exercise
World Osteoporosis Day 2012 Theme - Stop at One: Make your First Break your Last