Do you have osteoporosis? Are you at risk? Find out this weekend by getting a free bone-density test at the Stride for Strong Bones 5k fun run/walk or at the WunderWoman Triathlon, both in Medical Lake.
Some 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass. Adults stop gaining bone mass at age 30; without exercise and proper diet, osteoporosis is a risk.
The physical symptoms of osteoporosis are undetectable. It can affect both men and women.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the disease “is responsible for 2 million broken bones and $19 billion in related costs every year.”
Detection is the first step in fighting osteoporosis, and free scans this weekend are as simple as standing on a machine, shoeless.
If you go:
• Strides for Strong Bones 5k fun run/walk; Saturday at 9 a.m. (late registration 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.)
• WunderWoman Triathlon; Sunday at 7:30 a.m. (Late registration available today at REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. in Spokane, and Saturday at the Strides for Strong Bones event.)
• Both events will be held at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake
• Look forward to a free bone-density test, information about osteoporosis and the opportunity to ask questions of experts.
For more information on the walk, visit www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/97359.
For more information on the triathlon, visit www.emdesports.com/wunderwoman _triathlon/home.html.