DOVER -- The progression of thinning bones, called osteopenia or osteoporosis, can be slowed by taking simple steps like increasing calcium intake and exercise, avoiding smoking and excessive drinking, and regular bone density tests. These are just a few of the tools that will be outlined in a UH "Take Charge of Your Health" event May 10 at 7 p.m. at the UH Reeves Auditorium, presented by Dr. Susanne Morgan of Union Hospital Physician Services.

As women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease, it is critical for women to learn as much as possible about what they can do now to how to ensure their best bone health in the future. According to Dr. Morgan, "While you can never regain the bone density you had in your youth, you can help prevent rapidly thinning bones, even after your diagnosis."

The program is free and open to the public but registration is requested. Light refreshments will be served.

For information about this community education program or to register, visit ("health events") or by call the hospital's community relations department at 330-602-0778.