O’Connor Hospital Living Well Series Offers a Community Class on Osteoporosis

San Jose, CA (November 14, 2012) – A comprehensive workshop entitled Osteoporosis: Exercise and Fracture Prevention will be presented by O’Connor physician Michael Henehan, DO, on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Community members are invited to attend free of charge.

“Thinning of the bones happens to both men and women as we age,” offers Dr. Henehan, who serves as director of the San Jose-O’Connor Hospital/Stanford Affiliated Sports Medicine Fellowship. “Participants will learn how exercise can help build strong bones when we are younger and slow bone loss as we age.”  Specific recommendations on type, frequency and duration of exercises for fracture prevention will also be discussed.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, risk of osteoporosis can be reduced with lifestyle changes and sometimes medication. If osteoporosis already exists, treatment may involve both. A nutritious diet rich in calcium foods, weight-bearing/muscle building exercise and home-safety proofing for prevention of falls are the three mainstays in keeping osteoporosis in check. If medication is necessary, the following should be included: vitamin D, calcium and bisphosphonates, a class of drugs used to help prevent loss of bone mass. Smoking cessation is mandatory.

Dr. Henehan is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the San Jose Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine through the American Board of Family Practice. As the team physician for San Jose State University athletics, Dr. Henehan brings special expertise in orthopedic and sports medicine to his work.

Dr. Henehan will speak and answer your questions as part of the O’Connor Hospital Living Well Community Lecture Series. All classes are free of charge, but please call (800) 220-0182 for reservations or register online . Osteoporosis: Exercises and Fracture Prevention will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Medical Office Building (MOB) Auditorium at O’Connor Hospital, 2101 Forest Avenue, San Jose. Refreshments will be served.

Located in the heart of San Jose, O’Connor Hospital is an acute care, not-for-profit, Catholic community hospital that has served Santa Clara County longer than any other hospital in the region. Key services at O’Connor include cardiology, oncology, mother-baby care, orthopedic services, vascular care, wound care and emergency services. O’Connor Hospital sponsors the Pediatric Center for Life, Parish Nursing programs, and the Stanford-affiliated Family Medicine Residency Program. O’Connor is a Joint Commission designated Primary Stroke Center and the hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the California Department of Public Health and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.