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UNCG photo by David Wilson - 10/13/09 - Katie Magruder lifts weights during an assessment at UNCG.  An interdisciplinary team of UNCG researchers, including nutrition faculty member Cheryl Lovelady and her students, has found that nursing mothers can reduce their bone density loss through exercise, a finding that one day could help protect against osteoporosis.  The team, led by Dr. Lovelady and Dr. Laurie Wideman, an associate professor of kinesiology, found that lactating women who exercised during a 16-week span lost 4.8 percent of bone density in their lower spines, while women who didn't exercise lost 7 percent.