From the beginning of the year 2000 until the end of 2002 the Finnish Osteoporosis
Society has run a pilot project called Rolling Bones. The aims of the project were
to motivate children and adolescents to adopt healthy and active life-style that
support the growth of strong bones. The Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY)
financed the three-year project. The target groups of the project were teachers and
pupils at comprehensive school. The project activities and information were developed
for the classes of physical education, home economics and health science, but also for
the school cafeteria, health care service, breaks or special sport and activity days.
Altogether 42 schools in different parts of Finland participated in the project.
The teachers of the project schools were introduced to bone care and the project in
two-day training courses. In addition the teachers received the Rolling Bones handbook
consisted of “bone care” model lessons about calcium and vitamin D intake, exercise and
dieting. The main goal of the Rolling Bones project was that children learn by doing
and enjoy the outcomes. For the pupils the handbook offered several inspiring exercise
and homework such as crossword puzzles and quizzes. The project schools shared the
good ideas with each other, for example the recipe contest of calcium-rich
Rolling Bones milkshakes.