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Birds and Bones

Updated: Jan 22

By Jenna Sanzone, Class of 2025
, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 


One big issue women must be aware of is that as they age, they become more likely to develop osteopenia, and subsequently, osteoporosis. Osteopenia is like the precursor or less severe version of osteoporosis.


These conditions cause their bones to become fragile and more likely to break. Although osteoporosis disproportionately affects more women than men, men can also develop osteoporosis – and their likelihood of having a serious fracture is much higher! But there is a bright side...


You can help prevent osteoporosis by simply walking 30 minutes a day! And what better way to do so than while birding! Tampa Audubon Society organizes monthly guided field trips at Lettuce Lake Park, which offers well maintained, mostly paved, and shaded hiking trails – a great place for new hikers.


If you’re someone who has enjoyed birding from their kitchen window and would like to increase their physical activity while doing something they enjoy, join Tampa Audubon for a field trip and build better bones!


Jenna is a third-year year medical student at the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine – Tampa Bay Regional Campus. She is applying for an Ob/Gyn residency in the U.S. Army. All aspects of medicine fascinate her, but particularly women’s health.


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