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Protecting your bones

At least 44 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis or low bone density.  Due to the aging population, the number is expected to increase. We spoke with TRIA orthopedic surgeon and fracture specialist Marc Swiontkowski and physician assistant Kate Erickson about TRIA’s Own the Bone program, and how to protect your bones.

Here are six tips to help protect your bones:

  • Get enough calcium and Vitamin D. Both vitamins are essential to building strong, dense bones when you are young and keeping them strong and healthy as you age
  • Eat a well-balanced diet including foods that are good for bone health
  • Engage in regular exercise
  • Avoid smoking
  • Limit alcohol to two drinks per day
  • Take steps to prevent falls and work on maintaining balance
Want to learn exercises that will strengthen your bones? Our organization hosts free classes on bone health at locations across the Twin Cities. The classes are open to people of all ages and not registration is required. Find a bone health seminar near you.

 Own the Bone

The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone Program highlighting the effects of fractures – or broken bones that occur when someone falls from standing height or less.  This program shows hospitals and clinics how to provide patients with the most complete care.

Own the Bone Star Performer

TRIA, Methodist Hospital and Regions Hospital have received the 2018 Star Performer recognition. Star Performer is given to healthcare institutions for achieving a compliance rate that meets at least 5 out of 10 prevention measures.

“Following through with the evidenced based guidelines that are the central part of the Own the Bone program will result in saving many of our patients from experiencing a second major fragility fracture which would jeopardize their mobility,” says Swiontkowski. “Our Own the Bone programs are in the top 10 percent of hospital systems nationally in achieving these important metrics”

For more information on Own the Bone, visit


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