Manitoba Chapter

Contact information

For information about osteoporosis, to find a support group near you or to create a group in your community, please contact:

Manitoba Chapter
Janet Choboter, Executive Director
123 St. Anne’s Road
Winnipeg, MB R2M 2Z1
Phone: (204) 772-3498 Fax: (204) 772-4200
Email: manitoba@osteoporosis.ca

Brandon and surrounding area: Call the Manitoba Chapter office at (204) 772-3498 or email manitoba@osteoporosis.ca

 

 

Upcoming events

3rd Annual Bones ‘n’ Beer Fundraiser Friday, November 18th Club Regent Event Centre

Our Bones ‘n’ Beer event is back! It’s a light-hearted title but a very serious intent: Our goal is to heighten men’s awareness to pay attention to their bone health and the potential consequences of osteoporosis. Did you know 1 in 5 men will get osteoporosis? Did you know that men are less likely to be assessed for osteoporosis or to receive treatment for osteoporosis after breaking a bone and more likely to die within a year of breaking a hip than women? These are a few of the startling statistics about men and osteoporosis that we need to share.

This is a unique evening of craft beer, barbecue ribs and chicken, some well-known hockey personalities, games, and a terrific silent auction. We encourage and invite everyone to wear their favourite hockey jersey to this exciting event of “Great Food, Great Beer, for a Great Cause”. Contact the Chapter office for more information or to buy tickets.

 

Coming this fall to a Safeway or Sobeys store near you Stand Tall Manitoba is an interactive public awareness campaign that aims to raise awareness that height loss can be an indicator of a spine fracture. Participants’ height is measured and they are given information about the risk factors for osteoporosis and broken bones caused by osteoporosis, including loss of height. Those who have lost height will be encouraged to see their healthcare provider and take a “Stand Tall” card with their recorded height. Osteoporosis Canada recommends that if you have lost 2 cm (3/4”) or more in height as measured by your healthcare provider, or 6 cm (2.5“) or more overall from when you were a young adult, or you have a more rounded spine, you should talk to your doctor and insist on a spine x-ray.

As many as two million Canadians live with osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to lose their strength, become thin, brittle and prone to fracture. Osteoporosis Canada works to educate, empower and support these individuals. The Manitoba Chapter serves the community of Winnipeg and surrounding areas to deliver vital education and patient support programs for those living with osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Canada is the only national registered charity serving people who have, or are at risk for osteoporosis. The organization works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. For more information please call the Manitoba Chapter at 204-772-3498 or email manitoba@osteoporosis.ca

 

Speaker services

‘Reducing the risk of and managing Osteoporosis’

Do you want to learn more about reducing your risk of osteoporosis and practical tips on how to manage osteoporosis? Consider having a trained volunteer spokesperson from the organization meet with you and your group of colleagues for a personalized session. An excellent selection of pamphlets about calcium, exercise, drug therapies and many other topics will be made available to you at each session.

To arrange a date and location that is convenient for both you and the speaker contact the Manitoba Chapter. There is no charge for these services however a donation to the Chapter is appreciated.

 

Support groups

‘Supporting the Newly Diagnosed’ 

This program is designed for individuals who have recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis.  Once a month, we offer the opportunity to attend a presentation containing accurate and pertinent information and an introduction to the variety of resources available through our Chapter. Participants can share their stories and have their questions answered.

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis, contact the Chapter office for further information. There is no fee to attend but registration is required as space is limited. Please call the Chapter office at (204) 772-3498 or email manitoba@osteoporosis.ca

 

‘Break Through’

This is a seven-session peer support group program. Participants receive interactive information about bone health and will have the opportunity to actively engage in discussions and share experiences. A new topic will be addressed each session.

Fall 2016 session schedule and location: TBA

 

Available positions / Volunteer postings

Our aim is to help people avoid or reduce the pain and suffering of broken bones. We can’t do it without volunteers though! Please contact the Chapter office if you can help us help people to keep their bones strong and healthy by volunteering in one (or more!) of the following capacities:

Educators: join us in fulfilling our mission to provide life-changing education to the public and work toward a future Canada without osteoporotic fractures. We provide extensive training with ongoing continuing education and support, and we have a terrific social community of volunteers and staff collaborating and networking toward a common goal.

Join one of our Special Event Committees and help plan and implement our fundraisers!

Please call the Chapter office at (204) 772-3498 or email manitoba@osteoporosis.ca for details about the positions listed here.




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