National Osteoporosis Foundation
The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization solely focused on osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Founded in 1984 out of broad public interest following a National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Osteoporosis, NOF has been working for over two decades to change the course of this devastating disease.
The Foundation’s mission is to prevent osteoporosis and related fractures, promote lifelong bone health, help improve the lives of those affected by osteoporosis and find a cure through programs of awareness, patient and health professional education, advocacy and research.
With the help of its Scientific Advisory Council, Board of Trustees and the leading experts on osteoporosis, NOF develops broad-based awareness programs and educational tools and resources that are grounded in science and help millions of Americans make informed decisions about preventing, diagnosing, treating and living with osteoporosis. These resources include:
•A comprehensive Web site with extensive educational content and tools to help people better understand bone health and osteoporosis
•An inquiry and response center that addresses thousands of calls, emails and letters from people who have questions or concerns related to osteoporosis
•A broad set of materials and brochures, including a quarterly newsletter for both consumers and health professional audiences to help people stay up to date on the latest in osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and research
•A nationwide network of more than 90 support groups that provide community assistance, advice and support to people affected by osteoporosis
Advocacy is a key component of NOF’s efforts. NOF works at the federal and state levels to impact public policy for osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment and provide policymakers with the most current, evidence-based information on osteoporosis.
NOF is committed to finding a cure for osteoporosis. NOF works relentlessly to expand federal funding for research and administers its own peer-reviewed grant program. These efforts help establish a critical foundation for scientific inquiry, discovery and breakthrough in the field of osteoporosis.
The Foundation’s efforts have resulted in many major milestones that have changed the landscape of osteoporosis in this country, including:
•Publishing the first clinical practice guidelines for osteoporosis
•Issuing the first prevalence report on the disease, “America’s Bone Health: The State of Osteoporosis and Low Bone Mass in Our Nation,” which reported that 44 million Americans have or are at risk for osteoporosis.
•Taking the lead, since 1985, on recognizing and celebrating National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month in May to help increase public awareness of osteoporosis and bone health
•Supporting federal legislation for the coverage of bone mineral density testing, funding for osteoporosis-related research and model state laws for osteoporosis prevention and treatment education programs
Inspired by these milestones, NOF continues to pursue its vision of making bone health a reality and lifelong priority for all individuals. With 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men estimated to break a bone due to osteoporosis, and the direct cost on our nation’s healthcare system reaching $19 billion annually, NOF continues to lead the fight against osteoporosis.
For more information, visit www.nof.org.