About HBAW

What is Healthy Bones Action Week?

Healthy Bones Action Week (formerly Nationally Healthy Bones Week) has been encouraging people of all ages to protect their bones since its inception in 1994. Recognised as a national health week, Healthy Bones Action Week was celebrated across the country on 1-7 August 2016.

Osteoporosis is one of the least-discussed, under-diagnosed and under-treated diseases in Australia, yet poor bone health affects 2 in 3 Australians over 50 years, including a growing number of men.

You are never too young – or old – to act when it comes to protecting your bones. For information about your age group visit our Why Strong Bones section.

Healthy Bones Action Week calls on Australians of all ages to take the three actions to build and maintain healthy bones:

1. Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yoghurt;  

2. Go for a walk or committing to some new form of regular exercise; and

3. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D.

Every year we provide families, schools, community groups and other organisations with ideas and resources to get involved in Healthy Bones Action Week, and help us spread the word on the key actions needed for building and maintaining healthy bones – check the Get Involved page for details.

Healthy Bones Action Week is an initiative of Dairy Australia.

2016 Partner: Jean Hailes for Women's Health

Partnering with Healthy Bones Action Week for 2016 is Jean Hailes for Women's Health.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of women through all stages of their lives.

Combining research, clinical care and education Jean Hailes provides women and their health professionals with the health information and resources they need to keep well and inspire positive behaviour changes. For more information visit their website.

2016 Fitness Partner: Exercise & Sports Science Australia 

Exercise Right - an initiative of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) – is proud to support Healthy Bones Action Week in 2016.

Physical activity and maintaining bone density plays an important role in primary, secondary treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, however it is important to Exercise Right for your uniqueness.

If you are currently living with osteoporosis, referral to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is highly recommended to achieve your goals in a safe and effective manner. An AEP is an allied health professional qualified to prescribe the appropriate exercise program for your condition.

For further resources and information visit Exercise Right for Osteoporosis 

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is the peak professional body for exercise and sports science in Australia and provides national leadership and advocacy on key issues. It supports its 4,500-plus members and the community through fostering excellence in professional practice, education, training and research.