Osteoporosis topic of Great River Health Systems program

Family physician Hannah Heckart, M.D., Great River Women’s Health, will discuss osteoporosis at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. The seventh program in the 10-month Red Hot Mamas series will be in the Blackhawk Room on the lower level of Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington.

Osteoporosis affects more than 10 million people – mostly women – in the U.S., and 35 million more have low bone density. Many people who have the disease don’t know it until they break a bone, usually a hip, spinal vertebrae or wrist. Dr. Heckart will explain how bone stays healthy, bone changes at menopause, tests that identify osteoporosis and treatment options.

A light supper and door prizes will be available at the free program. Reservations are requested. Please call (319) 768-4070.

Red Hot Mamas is a program that educates women about the physical and psychological changes that occur at menopause and helps them make informed health care decisions. It has been educating and engaging women, and health care providers, since 1991. For more information, please visit www.redhotmamas.org.