RSVP - Bone Builders

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Volunteers are needed to lead free Bone Builders exercise classes that help prevent falls and fractures caused by osteoporosis. Bone Builders volunteers at work

The one-hour daytime classes, held twice-weekly throughout the County, led by trained volunteers, are designed to prevent and slow the development of osteoporosis. Regular participants can help increase their bone density naturally through the classes, an effective option for those who may not wish to use anti-osteoporosis medications.

Osteoporosis causes bones to become thin and to break easily. Although osteoporosis can strike at any age, it affects one in three women and one in eight men over age 50. Each session is based on bone density research and includes balance and weight training. Among other activities, volunteers will demonstrate the exercises, encourage and assist participants, within a safe, clutter-free environment.

Volunteer leaders receive two full days of free training, as well as periodic refresher classes, ongoing support and supervision by master trainers. New Volunteer Leader training takes place in the spring and fall.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services, in partnership with Montgomery County’s RSVP program and the Recreation Department, County Libraries and Churches, the City of Takoma Park, the Housing Opportunities Commission and the City of Gaithersburg, offers 30 classes throughout Montgomery County.

For more information or to register for the next Volunteer Leader Training sessions on February 3rd and 6th, 2017, please contact the Bone Builders Program at 240-773-8268 or email phyllis.elperin@montgomerycountymd.gov