A popular actress for audiences of all ages, Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award-winner for her performances in "PLACES IN THE HEART" and "NORMA RAE." Ms. Field also received an Emmy Award for her title role as a young woman with multiple personalities in the four-hour television film "SYBIL," with Joanne Woodward. More recently, she thrilled audiences in "THE GLASS MENANGERIE" at the Kennedy Center in D.C. and delighted movie audiences in "LEGALLY BLONDE 2: RED, WHITE AND BLONDE." Ms. Field made her Broadway debut in Edward Albee's "THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?" Born in Pasadena, California, and raised in a show business family, Field was enrolled in acting classes at Columbia Pictures when she was selected from among 150 finalists to star in the television series, "GIDGET." She went on to star in the popular television
series "THE FLYING NUN".
Sally Field Talks About Being Diagnosed with Osteoporosis
Actress Sally Field, the seemingly ageless icon of a Baby Boom generation that starts turning 60 this year, revealed that she was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and is leading a public action campaign to educate and inspire women to fight the fragile bone disease.
Surprised by her recent diagnosis, Field chose to go public with her personal health and is launching Rally With Sally For Bone Health, sponsored by Roche and GlaxoSmithKline. The campaign encourages women to protect themselves against fractures so they can remain active and reduce their risk of a debilitating injury.
"My generation has pushed for so much change to improve the lives of women, and today the biggest hurdle many of us face is our health," said Sally Field, the two-time Academy Award winner who has fought for women and workers' rights both on and off screen. "We've never been willing to sit back and take it - and that includes osteoporosis too. I'm asking women to take action by talking to their doctors and joining me in this commitment at www.BoneHealth.com."
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weaker, more fragile and susceptible to fractures. One in two women over age 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime, which can result in significant pain, loss of height, and may cause women to lose their ability to dress themselves, stand up, and even walk. It can also lead to possible institutionalization and even death.
"Today, women in their 50s and 60s are leading more active lives than past generations, and it's essential for them to take care of their bones to continue their energetic lifestyles," said Dr. Robin Dore, a rheumatologist and clinical professor of medicine at UCLA. "I'm hopeful Sally's campaign will help women understand there are effective ways to protect their bones without disrupting their busy schedules."
Sally Field Kicks Off A New Kind of 60s Revolution
"Now that I'm almost 60, I want to help change the way women live as they age. We have fought so hard in our lives for things to be better, not to accept the status quo. We surely can't stop now that we are entering this next part of our lives," said Field. "For me, treating my osteoporosis means I can strengthen my bones and continue my active lifestyle without being so afraid of breaking a bone. I can't imagine not doing everything possible to manage my osteoporosis."
After being diagnosed with osteoporosis in early 2005, Field attempted lifestyle changes to slow the progression of her disease, but supplements alone were insufficient. Her doctor then recommended that she begin taking medicine, and he prescribed Boniva ™, a once-monthly tablet for postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Although 44 million Americans are at risk for or affected by osteoporosis, it often goes undiagnosed until a fracture occurs. The Surgeon General has declared osteoporosis a public health crisis on a par with smoking and obesity.
An Inspiring Peek into Sally Field's Personal Life
As part of the Rally With Sally For Bone Health multi-media campaign, Field and Dr. Dore are urging women to understand and manage postmenopausal osteoporosis so it doesn't slow them down. By logging onto www.BoneHealth.com, women can join Field in making a formal commitment to maintain their bone health, a move that may improve their chances of sticking with it. They can also follow along with Field's monthly journal entries, where she shares what's new in her life and in her journey toward better bone health.
"I want to reach women in every way possible. I'm always talking to my sister and friends about changes in our bodies and our health - like my osteoporosis - and I want to encourage other women to do the same and also to talk to their doctor. Let's make the most of this next phase of our lives."
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Free materials about osteoporosis are also available from this program's sponsors by calling toll-free 877-BoneHealth (877-266-3432) or by accessing www.BoneHealth.com.
Created: 4/22/2007  -