OSWEGO – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, is training new volunteer instructors for the Osteo Bone Builders program, an exercise regimen designed to rebuild bone density and improve balance through weight training and exercise.
Prospective instructors are paired with a mentor, one of six master trainers in the county, and taught the basic exercises and methodology necessary to lead a class.
In preparation, future instructors must first become a participant at one of 23 sites in Oswego County, located within each school district of the county; and some just beyond our borders.
Prospective volunteers may visit any site to have their basic questions answered and pick up a medical clearance form.
Once trained, volunteers will co-lead hour-long exercise sessions, twice a week, at a location convenient for them.
Ideally, exercises are taught in teams of two or more instructors and new sites may open as needed.
RSVP’s Osteo Bone Builders Program has been in existence 16 years.
The first site opened at Springside Retirement Community and grew to three sites by the end of 1999.
At present, there are 23 sites, led by more than 70 instructors, with nearly 400 participants.
Ellen Wahl, director of the RSVP program, said, “The Osteoporosis program is RSVP’s largest and most rapidly expanding program because of ‘word of mouth’. People are hurting less, enjoying life more and telling their friends.” The Oswego County RSVP has helped launch programs in Cayuga, Wayne and Onondaga counties.
For more information on this or other RSVP program opportunities, contact the office at 312-2317 or [email protected]
RSVP helps people 55 and older remain productive while addressing critical needs, improving quality of life and strengthening Oswego County
RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is locally sponsored by SUNY Oswego and United Way.