Build Strong Bones with Bone Healthy Recipes

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Approximately 57 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass, according to new prevalence data recently released by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). Diet and exercise play critical roles in building and maintaining good bone health for people at every life stage – from infancy through adulthood. In honor of National Osteoporosis Month this May, NOF partnered with some of America's best chefs to create recipes that are good for your bones.

Participating chefs include: Colleen Grapes, pastry chef, The Red Cat and The Harrison in New York, NY; Todd Gray , executive chef and co-owner, Equinox Restaurant, Washington, DC; Hamid Idrissi, chef/owner Tangine Dining Gallery, New York, NY; Billy Oliva, executive chef, Delmonico's Restaurant Group, New York, NY; and Nick Stellino, cookbook author and host of the "Cooking with Nick Stellino " television series broadcast nationally on PBS.

"When we think about building strong bones, we must think food first," said Chef Nick Stellino. "Calcium, vitamin D, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are the building blocks for creating strong bones for people of all ages. These are ingredients that I'm passionate about using and I'm thrilled my recipe will help people enjoy good food that is good for them!"

Criteria for the bone healthy recipes was developed by a registered dietician using the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) guidelines for calcium-rich foods and other ingredients essential for bone health. NOF then asked chefs to create a recipe, or adapt an existing recipe, to meet the bone healthy criteria.

To help curb the rising toll of osteoporosis, NOF is launching a new national awareness campaign, Break Free from Osteoporosis, encouraging everyone to learn their risk factors for osteoporosis and make lifestyle changes to build strong bones for life.

"Osteoporosis is avoidable for many of those at risk. By maintaining a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, doing regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises and following medical treatments as prescribed, the millions at risk for osteoporosis can protect their bones," said Amy Porter , executive director and CEO, National Osteoporosis Foundation. "We are so grateful to all the chefs who contributed delicious, bone healthy recipes for our cause."

All of the recipes contributed by the chefs can be found at: nof.org/bonehealthyrecipes including:

>>Vanilla Yogurt Panna Cotta with Raspberries, Flax Seed, Peppermint & Cocoa Powder, contributed by Chef Colleen Grapes

>>Harri's Sardine Sandwich with Mustard & Yogurt Butter, contributed by Chef Todd Gray

>>Lamb Tangine with Prunes, Almonds, Sesame Seeds & Yogurt Sauce, contributed by Chef Hamid Idrissi

>>Smoked Gouda Alaskan King Crab Mac 'n Cheese, contributed by Chef Billy Oliva

>>Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni, contributed by Chef Nick Stellin .