I am proud to be an Ambassador of the National Osteoporosis Society and the work of the charity is close to my heart. I have taught exercise for 40 years or more, but have been interested in wellbeing and all forms of movement and sport since I was a child. My TV debut as an exercise teacher occurred in the late seventies and hailed the birth of the "Green Goddess". I suppose when I hit my 50’s, I should have thought twice about taking a party of similarly aged friends on an ice-skating jaunt 25 or so years ago. "Pride comes before a fall". I slipped and crack! A Colles fracture (broken wrist) was diagnosed.
It was because of my interest in women's health that I realised a Colles fracture was a typical osteoporotic fracture. I also knew that I was at twice the risk of sustaining a further fracture if my bones were thin and I didn't receive treatment. A DEXA scan at the time showed that my bone density was okay, and that I had just fallen heavily. But as a result of my wrist fracture I received first-hand experience of just how painful and inconvenient broken bones can be and was only to regain full use of my wrist - vital for my work - through extensive physiotherapy.
Having been a member of the National Osteoporosis Society over these years I have benefited from the information and enthusiasm of this marvellous organisation, which is doing so much to increase awareness of osteoporosis. It highlights, informs, educates and assists both sufferers of the disease, the general public at large, and the media. I admire and support the work of the NOS and through my association with the specialists and physiotherapists I came to write my book "Bone Boosters” in which I looked at natural ways to help prevent the disease.
Broken bones often result in significant pain. We believe that Osteoporosis should be picked up after someone suffers their first break but all too often people have many fractures before they receive the correct diagnosis. However, as a result of our work over a million more people in the UK now have access to a Fracture liaison service.