'Mom & me' and healthy bones. An innovative approach to teaching bone health

Orthop Nurs. Mar-Apr 2002;21(2):35-42. doi: 10.1097/00006416-200203000-00007.


Poor bone health may lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk for fracture later in life. Peak bone mass, which is one of the most important determinants of developing osteoporosis, is accrued largely by the age of 18. Therefore, actions to maximize peak bone mass need to be taken during the childhood years. Because 80% of those affected with osteoporosis are women, it is important that young girls receive information on how to reduce their risk for this disorder. The authors have developed an educational program to help young girls learn about bone health. The specifics of the program are described in this article.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Calcium
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Female
  • Food
  • Humans
  • Orthopedic Nursing
  • Osteoporosis* / prevention & control
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Teaching Materials


  • Calcium