RSVP seeks new instructors for Bone Builders program training

SUNY Oswego’s RSVP will present a daylong training session Oct. 4 for volunteer instructors in the Osteoporosis Bone Builders program.

Virginia Gilbert, a retired RSVP director from the Albany area, will conduct the session in Mexico. Gilbert is a nationwide consultant for the implementation of Osteoporosis Bone Builders programs nationwide.

RSVP’s Bone Builders program has been in existence 12 years. There are now 22 exercise sites around Oswego County, with 375 participants. SUNY Oswego RSVP also has helped launch programs in Onondaga, Cayuga and Wayne counties.

“The osteoporosis program is RSVP’s largest and most rapidly expanding program, because of word of mouth,” said RSVP Director Ellen Wahl. “People are hurting less, enjoying life more and telling their friends.”

The program aims to control osteoporosis through a set of targeted exercises and an education curriculum. To sign up for the training or to obtain more information on RSVP volunteer opportunities, contact the SUNY Oswego office at 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.

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

(Posted: Jul 26, 2011)

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