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Thursday, December 17, 2015
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12:00 PM Eastern 11:00 AM Central
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Length: 1 hour webinar
Cost: Free
Faculty: Babette S. Zemel, PhD - "Introduction to Peak Bone Mass"
Connie Weaver, PhD - "Nutrition and Peak Bone Mass"
Kathleen F. Janz, EdD - "Physical Activity and Peak Bone Mass"



Lifestyle choices are attributed to 20%-40% of adult peak bone mass. Optimization of lifestyle factors known to influence peak bone mass and strength is one strategy aimed at reducing risk of osteoporosis or low bone mass later in life. The National Osteoporosis Foundation has issued this scientific statement to provide evidence-based guidance and a national implementation strategy for the purpose of helping individuals achieve optimal peak bone mass early in life.

Target Audience:

Healthcare Professionals working in a variety of healthcare settings who seek to learn more about peak bone mass and how it relates to overall bone health. This includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and dietitians and all those who treat individuals of any age who are at risk for osteoporosis and future fractures should plan to attend.


At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Recommend lifestyle choices that promote optimal bone health throughout the lifespan
  2. Outline a research agenda to address current gaps
  3. Identify implementation strategies

Live and Enduring Webinar:

This activity will explore t current evidence regarding peak bone mass and the impact of nutrition and physical exercise. The format will be a slide/audio presentation followed by questions and answers.

Supported by: Sunsweet Growers Inc.


Babette S. Zemel, PhD is the associate program director of the Clinical and Translational Research Center, the director of the Bionutrition Core Laboratory, and an academic investigator with the Healthy Weight Program. Dr. Zemel's studied pertain to child growth and nutrition, body composition, energy expenditure and bone density.
Connie M. Weaver, PhD is Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. In 2013, she was bestowed the honor of the Spirit of the Land Grant Award. In 2012 she was selected as the Herbert Newby McCoy recipient. This award is the most prestigious research honor given by Purdue University. In 2010 she was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, of which she is a member of the Food and Nutrition Board. In 2008, she became Deputy Director of the NIH funded Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute. From 2000 to 2010, she was Director of the NIH Purdue-UAB Botanical Research Center to study age-related diseases. Her research interests include mineral bioavailability, calcium metabolism, and bone health. Dr. Weaver was appointed to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for Americans.
Kathleen F. Janz, EdD is an epidemiologist who conducts both population- and clinically-based research. Her work seeks to understand type, dose, and patterns of physical activity associated with metabolic and musculoskeletal health. Her secondary area of interest is physical activity measurement especially the modeling of objective measures in prospective studies using group-based trajectory and multi-level growth models. She is an active fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology and is on the editorial board of JAMA Pediatrics, Frontiers in Endocrinology and Pediatric Exercise Science.


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