A Congressional Briefing on the prevalence of osteoporosis in the United States is taking place today and will cover recently released data from the National Osteoporosis Foundation on the increasing number of people affected by osteoporosis in each state. Most people have heard of osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become fragile and prone to fractures, but many are not aware of their own personal risk for the disease. Building strong bones shouldn’t stop once we reach adulthood, as calcium needs actually increase as we get older. In fact, adults age nineteen to fifty need 1000 to 1200 milligrams of calcium per day. Three servings a day of healthy low fat dairy products such as milk, yogurt, or cheese will go a long way in helping you get the calcium your bones need to stay strong. Leafy green vegetables along with salmon, sardines, and mackerel are also good sources of calcium. There are several tasty ways to get your calcium in every day. So do yourself and those you care about a big favor, make osteoporosis awareness and prevention part of a daily routine.