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Why PB&J?

Nope!  That's not it!

PB&J stands for Protect Your Bones and Joints.

Did you know that bone and joint problems are the No. 1 reason people go to the doctor?

In 2000, health care professionals around the world, including the United States, decided it was time to raise awareness and knowledge about bone and joint disorders.

Many people are familiar with conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, which have received a lot of attention and on which a lot of research is done. These diseases draw attention because they can lead to disability and premature death.

However, bone and joint conditions can also be deadly. They also can seriously affect the quality of your life, keeping you from doing the things you want to do. One in three Americans has a problem with their bones and joints. Most people assume only older people suffer from bone and joint disorders, such as arthritis or osteoporosis. They don't realize that these conditions can happen at any age and that lifestyle habits developed while you're a teenager affect your chances of developing one of them.

What are some of the lifestyle factors that can contribute to bone and joint disorders?

Poor nutrition, and sedentary lifestyles. Poor nutrition and being a couch potato are examples. These lifestyle habits create health problems, such as osteoporosis, or weak bones, now or later in life.

Obesity can increase your risk of developing some forms of arthritis and chronic pain.

Inappropriate training or techniques in sports can lead to injuries to your bones and joints. These injuries can also occur during motor vehicle collisions. Your bones and joints may heal, but you can develop chronic bone and joint problems.

PB&J teaches teenagers how to lead a balanced lifestyle that improves lifelong bone and joint health and quality of life.