Surgeon General Asks: Got Bones?

Surgeon General Asks: Got Bones?

Report Advises More Milk to Avoid Osteoporosis Crisis


Berkeley, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 26, 2004–In the first-ever report on the state of the nation’s bones, the U.S. Surgeon General warns that Americans (including kids) are at increased risk of fractures as a result of weak, fragile bones. According to the Surgeon General, Americans need to pay more attention to the health of their bones to ward off an “Osteoporosis crisis” by the year 2020. The 29-page report, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services last week, predicts an alarming 10 million individuals are affected by osteoporosis, and other bone diseases, each year, causing more than 1.5 million fractures annually.

According to this recent report, bone diseases—like Osteoporosis—can be prevented, but very few Americans actually follow the recommendations needed for strong bones. Most Americans consume inadequate amounts of calcium, especially milk calcium. The Surgeon General’s report recommends three 8-ounce glasses of low-fat milk each day and regular physical activity.

“We ignore our bones,” stresses Jeff Manning, executive director of the California Milk Processor Board. “We take our skeleton for granted because we can’t see it.”

According to the Surgeon General’s report, individuals can significantly reduce the risk of bone disease and fractures by simply increasing the amount of milk they consume.

“Milk calcium doesn’t have to be cold and white,” says Manning. “Chocolate milk (hot or cold), milk-based smoothies, or an extra bowl of cereal, all deliver critically needed calcium.”

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For a complete copy of the Surgeon General’s report call April Yap at (310)226-8600.



Molly Ireland or April Yap


Surgeon General Asks: Got Bones?