The National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa recently appointed their Brand Ambassador for 2020. Being the only non-profit, voluntary health organisation dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health in South Africa, the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa (NOFSA), is dedicated to increasing awareness of Osteoporosis to everyone.
Lee-Anne Freeland-Hughes (age 29) was appointed on 19 February at the NOFSA offices in Durbanville. She is an outstanding athlete that is undertaking the Comrades for the 4th consecutive time this year, a physical education teacher at Christian Brothers’ College and a member of the Melkbosstrand Athletics Club.
Lee-Ann has always been an active achiever, receiving the coveted Victrix Ludorum award at school. After leaving school she stopped her exercise regime and developed severe depression. Lee-Anne realised that regular exercise would be her saving grace. She now follows a healthy lifestyle and will be representing NOFSA at her own runs as well as at the NOFSA annual winter ball and moonlight fun run. Lee-Anne has won the ladies division of the NOFSA 5km Fun Run both times in 2018 and 2019 and completed the race in under 21 minutes. She is passionate about bone health since she has a close friend and fellow athlete who suffered a debilitating hip fracture at a young age. Says Lee-Anne, “There is a common misconception that osteoporosis only affects older people and you need to follow a healthy lifestyle from an early age to support your bones.”