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New falls prevention and osteoporosis awareness website targets Wigan residents
Tuesday 25th October, 2011

Both younger and older people in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan are being urged to get online and access a new local website which contains essential information about falls prevention and osteoporosis awareness.

The website (www.alwch.nhs.uk/fallsprevention) has been set up by Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Division of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust. It features information on how to lead a healthy, active and independent lifestyle and avoid slips, trips and falls. It also signposts visitors to the local treatment and rehabilitation services available to those who have suffered a fall and contains useful information about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of osteoporosis.

Although osteoporosis affects many older people, the website is also being targeted at teenagers and young adults in the borough. The stronger the bones are that develop in children and young adults, the better they are able to resist impacts and fractures when they are older. Bone density develops in childhood and maximum bone density is reached at about age 26, and begins to reduce in the mid 40s. Factors such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption at a young age can have a negative impact on the health of bones later in life.

Sue Doyle, Strategic Falls Prevention Co-ordinator from Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Division of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust said:

“Many people do not realise the importance that diet, nutrition and exercise has in preventing osteoporosis. We want both younger and older people in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan to access this new falls prevention and osteoporosis website so they can get the information they need to lead a healthy and independent lifestyle.“

The website also highlights that women are at greater risk of suffering from osteoporosis. One in two women over the age of 50 in the UK compared to one in five men may fracture a bone as a result of osteoporosis.

The falls prevention website can be visited at www.alwch.nhs.uk/fallsprevention. Information from The Falls Prevention Team at Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Division of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust can also be accessed on their Twitter account @fallsprevention / www.twitter.com/fallsprevention.


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