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May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Memorial Hospital is offering classes Thursdays in May for National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month as a way to learn more about medicines and exercises related to the disease. 

That National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that 34 million people could have the condition and not know it.

Classes at The Springs, Memorial's Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine facility, hope to show the public how to prevent the disease and avoid late detection.

"Osteoporosis is one of those disease process [that's] a silent disease," said Kay Carbery with Memorial. "Often time people don't know they have osteoporosis until they experience a fall or fracture. "

Fractures related to osteoporosis happen in one out of two women over the age of 50 and one in four men in the same age range.

Memorial's classes on medicine and exercises related to the disease are Thursdays at The Springs this month. They will be from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on May 13 and May 20. The facility is located at 302 S. 10th Ave.

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