RSVP to offer instructor training for Osteo Bone Builders program

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will conduct a volunteer training session Thursday, Sept. 27, for the Osteoporosis Bone Builders program.

The training, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will take place at First United Methodist Church, 4372 Church St. in Mexico. The instructor training is free and lunch will be provided. Class size is limited and the deadline for registration is Thursday, Sept. 20.

Virginia Gilbert, a retired RSVP director from the Albany area, will conduct the daylong session. She is now a consultant for the implementation of the Bone Builders program nationwide.

Bone Builders is a peer-led program of exercise and education for the control of osteoporosis. Helping people control osteoporosis through weight-bearing exercise led by volunteer instructors is one of many volunteer opportunities offered through RSVP.

A prerequisite for the training is a background in physical education or experience with senior fitness and exercise. Prospective instructors are encouraged to visit a current Bone Builders site.

RSVP held its initial training for Bone Builders instructors in May 1999, and the program has grown to 25 sites, 67 instructors and more than 400 participants. Research scientists at Tufts University in Boston developed the prototype for Bone Builders with support from the Massachusetts Department of Health and the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

In her book “Strong Women Stay Young,” Dr. Miriam Nelson reported, “After a year of strength training twice a week, women’s bodies were 15 to 20 years more youthful. They had less fat and more muscle; bone loss was prevented or reversed; their strength and energy increased dramatically; and they showed surprising gains in balance and flexibility. No other program—whether diet, medication or aerobic exercise—has ever achieved comparable results.”

RSVP, sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way, enables people ages 55 and older to remain productive through volunteerism. In each county, RSVP, a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, assists nonprofit agencies by recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers.

To register for the training session, to receive RSVP’s bimonthly Mature Living newsletter or for more information, contact RSVP at 312-2317 or

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(Posted: Sep 13, 2012)

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