Cooperative Extension helped initiate a community-based educational program on osteoporosis prevention and treatment. The program utilized a network of partners and coalitions. A team approach was taken in presenting the educational session, offered twice, and answering/discussing participant questions. Statistically significant differences were observed in the program participants' reported knowledge of osteoporosis, taking of calcium supplements, eating of a calcium-rich diet, and performing weight-bearing exercises 1 month after the sessions as compared to prior. The results demonstrate that Cooperative Extension can play a leadership role in building partnerships that implement effective programs that improve the health behaviors of individuals and strengthen the community.
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Driskell, J. A., Pohlman, H., & Naslund, M. (2003). Value of an Educational Program on Osteoporosis. The Journal of Extension, 41(5), Article 13. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss5/13