October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day 2019

What is osteoporosis? Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture.

October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day 2019
World Osteoporosis Day 2019 Theme

Every year World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) is observed on October 20, launching a new year-long campaign for spreading global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and other related metabolic bone disease. It is organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) each year; World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies across the globe with activities in almost 90 nations of the world. There are various different events and campaigns that take place throughout the months raising awareness and following WOD.

This year, 2019 the campaign will feature “THAT’S OSTEOPOROSIS” as a headline, and, for the very first time, will highlight emotionally impactful visuals and stories of real people living with osteoporosis in all regions living around the world.

World Osteoporosis Day 2019

The campaign will accentuate the direct link between osteoporosis and broken bones, which have a serious, life-changing harmful impact in terms of pain, disability, lost independence and inability to carry out various different tasks of everyday life.

Why World Osteoporosis Day is Important

  • Understanding your risk is key
  • Getting tested can save a life
  • Start strong, live strong

World Osteoporosis Day 2019 Theme

  • 1996: Awareness
  • 1997: Awareness
  • 1998: Awareness
  • 1999: Early Detection
  • 2000: Building Bone Health
  • 2001: Bone Development in Youth
  • 2002: Preventing a First Fracture
  • 2003: Quality of Life
  • 2004: Osteoporosis in Men
  • 2005: Exercise
  • 2006: Nutrition
  • 2007: Risk Factors
  • 2008: Advocate for Policy Change
  • 2009: Advocate for Policy Change
  • 2010: Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Fractures
  • 2011: 3 Steps to Prevention: Calcium, Vitamin D and Exercise
  • 2012: Stop at One: Make your First Break your Last
  • 2013: Strong Women Make Stronger Women
  • 2014: Real Men Build Their Strength from Within
  • 2015: Serve Up Bone Strength
  • 2016: Love Your Bones - Protect your Future
  • 2017: Love Your Bones - Protect your Future


  • Osteoporosis is a worldwide health problem as one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and overdevelop osteoporosis. 
  • Osteoporosis constitutes a heavy burden on individuals in the future, if not detected and treated early.
  • Some risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing osteoporosis and fractures.
  • An individual with risk factors should quickly seek examination and treatment if needed, in order to improve the quality of his life in the future and protect himself from disability.

World Osteoporosis Day

How to observe World Osteoporosis Day?

  • Raise awareness related to osteoporosis disease worldwide. 
  • Promote the future consequences of osteoporosis disease, when diagnosis and treatment are neglected.
  • Try to develop an understanding of the link between osteoporosis and fractures, which can be a major cause of disability and premature death in older persons. 
  • Share and endorse healthy nutrition and exercise which are helpful for bone health.
  • Spread awareness during childhood and adolescence when bones are developing.
  • Campaigner for preventive care worldwide. 
  • Assist healthcare professionals and related authorities to bridge the gap between community and healthcare centers.