RSVP Offers Osteoporosis Bone Builders Classes For Men and Women

OSWEGO – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, offers a biweekly osteoporosis exercise regimen at 23 sites throughout Oswego County.

Dorothy Gass, West Monroe Osteo Instructor leading a class.
Dorothy Gass, West Monroe Osteo Instructor leading a class.

The RSVP-sponsored Osteoporosis Bone Builders classes are self-paced and ensure the program does not increase stress or cause pain. It starts off gently and builds gradually as strength increases.  In addition, the sessions are meant to be fun — you’ll get to know other participants, learn (and share) information that can protect your health, and hopefully increase your confidence and independence.

The exercises used in this program were developed by research scientists at Tufts University and are designed to rebuild bone density and improve balance through weight training and exercise.

They also help to protect against osteoporosis-caused fractures caused by increasing muscular strength.

The educational format covers lifestyle choices, drug therapies and nutritional information, all of which have an impact in controlling Osteoporosis.

Prior to joining a class, prospective participants are encouraged to observe a class. Informational brochures, literature and medical clearance forms are available at all sites, along with certified instructors who are available to answer questions. There are no mandatory fees for the classes, rather a suggested donation (50 cents per session), and Osteoporosis Bone Builders available for people of all ages.

RSVP staff will offer on-site demonstrations to local groups and organizations on request, free of charge.

According to Ellen Wahl, RSVP director, “Osteoporosis is a treatable, and potentially avoidable, disease. Our objective is to raise osteoporosis awareness, be an advocate for community environments that support healthy lifestyles and facilitate the growth of Bone Builder sites throughout the county.”

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

For more information on this and other RSVP programs, or to receive the Mature Living newsletter, call 312-2317 or email [email protected]

Current Osteo Bone Builders sites:

West Amboy Church: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10 a.m.
Parish Library: Monday-Thursday, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Central Square
Constantia VFW: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10-11 a.m.
Municipal Building, Hastings: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Cleveland American Legion: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10-11 a.m.
West Monroe Town Hall: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10-11 a.m.

Fulton Mills: TBD
Fulton YMCA: Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – noon.
Meadowbrook Estates: Monday-Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.
Towpath Towers: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

American Legion: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

First United Methodist: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10-11 a.m.
New Haven Town Hall: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Palermo Town Hall: Monday-Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

First United Methodist (104West): Tuesday-Thursday, 10-11 a.m.
Minetto United Methodist: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Oswego YMCA: Tuesday-Thursday, 1-2 p.m.
Scriba Justice Center: Monday-Wednesday 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Simeon Dewitt: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Springside at Seneca Hill: Tuesday-Thursday, 4-5 p.m.

Lysander Station #1: Tuesday-Thursday, 9-10 a.m.
Schroeppel Town Hall: Tuesday-Thursday, 10-11 a.m.

Pulaski/Sandy Creek
Park Street Methodist Church: Monday-Thursday, 10-11 a.m.