This exercise and education program for people with, or at risk of osteoporosis includes exercises that target the body’s larger muscle groups to improve strength, balance and flexibility. The 24-week curriculum includes sessions on the importance of exercise, nutrition, safety, drug therapy and lifestyle factors. Lead Coordinators from local health departments, county offices on aging, Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVPs) and other community-based organizations coordinate the program at the local level and oversee program delivery and training for peer leaders.
Project Healthy Bones began in 1997 and today reaches over 1,500 older adults through nearly 100 programs and a network of over 200 agency staff and volunteer peer leaders statewide. The program is based on research that links strength training exercises to improved bone density in older adults.
Impact: The program has demonstrated improved balance, increased strength, improved nutrition, home falls prevention and increased socialization among participants. In a study of 271 participants, 90% of participants completing the class increased the average amount of weight lifted by ¾ to 1 pound, and 68% increased their calcium intake by an average of 500 mg.
Project Healthy Bones is currently available in selected counties. If your agency is interested in having staff training as Lead Coordinators, holding a Project Healthy Bones class, or for information on how to find a class in your area, please call the Office of Community Resources, Education and Wellness at 609-588-6654.
Find a class be contacting a Project Healthy Bones agency in your area.