Bishop Commons to host demonstration, classes for Bone Builders

SUNY Oswego’s RSVP will host a demonstration of the Osteoporosis Bone Builders program at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Bishop Commons in Oswego.

Bone Builders classes will begin in September at Bishop Commons, an assisted living facility at 4 Burkle St., at 10 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday for an hour. Like the demonstration, classes will be open to the general public.

To sign up for the demonstration or for more information on Osteoporosis Bone Builders participation or instructor training, contact RSVP at 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.

Osteoporosis is a serious medical condition wherein bones become thin, brittle and easily broken. It is sometimes called the “silent disease,” because it develops slowly, without obvious symptoms, until bones break, quite often causing expensive rehabilitation. It affects one in three women and one in eight men over 60.

Bone Builders seeks to slow osteoporosis bone loss through exercise and education. Trained RSVP instructors lead groups in progressive weight-bearing exercises and balance training. Since the program began in May 1999 in Oswego County, Bone Builders has grown to 22 sites, 67 instructors and nearly 400 participants.

The program still needs instructors; the next training session is Oct. 4.

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, helping people 55 and older remain productive through volunteer opportunities. It is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

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(Posted: Aug 10, 2011)

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