RSVP seeks participants for Osteoporosis Bone Builders programs

SUNY Oswego’s RSVP has openings for participants in its Osteoporosis Bone Builders Programs, currently serving more than 350 residents ages 42 to 94 throughout Oswego County.

Prospective participants need to observe a demonstration and have their physician fill out a medical authorization form. Participating areas include Central Square (four locations), Fulton (four), Hannibal, Mexico (three), Oswego (eight), Parish, Phoenix and Pulaski/Sandy Creek.

The section coordinators for Osteoporosis Bone Builders include Carol Simpson, 343-5614, and Ann Hardy, 312-2317, for residents of Oswego and Scriba; Margarita Food, 963-3506, for Mexico, Palermo and Pulaski; Carol Miller, 625-7184, for Central Square, the north shore of Oneida Lake and Parish; Barbara Gifford, 564-6247, for Hannibal; and the RSVP office, 312-2317, for Fulton, Phoenix and all other areas of the county.

RSVP, a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, launched the Bone Builders program nationally in 1999, modeling the exercises on recommendations in research conducted at Tufts University. The classes, designed to help rebuild bone density and improve balance, are self-paced, and can help those from the just diagnosed to advanced cases.

The educational format for the two- or three-times-a-week program also covers lifestyle choices, drug therapies and nutritional information.

For a full schedule of Osteoporosis Bone Builders days and times around the county, visit and click on the latest issue, March 2011, in the Mature Living archive.

For more information on this and other programs, visit the website or call 312-2317. RSVP is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way, and bases its office in Room 103 of Rich Hall on Sheldon Avenue of Oswego’s main campus.

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(Posted: Mar 18, 2011)