Saturday, September 09, 2006

Why September 9 is a bodacious Bonza Bottler Day

September 9 has been a momentous occasion in my family for two centuries - actually, two millennia. It is my grandmother's birthday. She would have been 108 had she not died 10 years ago today.

I spent her last birthday with her. Nana had broken her hip several days before so we celebrated in the hospital. Talk about a party to end all parties! She was in good spirits when I was with her and died later that night in her sleep.

NOTE: Older souls must be careful; their bones are brittle and broken bones can be deadly. Fortunately, there are many books and online resources for strengthening skeletons at every age.

Those I've read indicate building and maintaining strong bones is an equal opportunity concern. One is never too old - or too young - to boost bone health. Moreover, osteoporosis affects both genders, as HealthDay News reporter E.J. Mundell reports in "Brittle Bones Can Affect Older Men As Well."

Here are several oft-cited keys to strong frames: consume lots o' calcium, beware of booze and tobacco, exercise regularly and soak up some sun.

On a lighter note, today's Bonza Bottler Day. May yours be bodacious! ###