What is World Osteoporosis Day?
World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) takes place every year on October 20, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries. Events and campaigns take place throughout the months leading up to and following WOD.
History of World Osteoporosis Day
World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) was first marked in 1996 by the UK’s National Osteoporosis Society and has been led by IOF since 1998. In that year, and in 1999, the World Health Organization acted as co-sponsor of the campaign. Since its launch, WOD has gained momentum year by year and now results in outreach to more than two billion people. Through international media and local events held by IOF and its national society members, WOD has played a major role in raising public awareness of bone health and the need for osteoporosis and fracture prevention. Annual campaigns have also been successful in raising public and health professional awareness of specific issues such as osteoporosis in men, postmenopausal osteoporosis, bone-healthy nutrition, the impact of fractures on quality of life, the role of exercise in bone health, vertebral fractures, need for risk awareness, secondary fracture prevention, and much more.