RSVP Bone Builders -A FREE exercise program to address osteoporosis. Prevents and Reverses Osteoporosis • Improves Balance • Enhances Energy and Well-Being Proper exercise stresses bones. Stimulated by this stress, bone density increase. The RSVP Osteoporosis Exercise Program is based on this simple bodily response.
What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a condition in which bone density deteriorates. Bone density peaks at about age 30 and then begins a slow and gradual decline as a normal part of the aging process. In addition,in the case of women, the onset of menopause lowers the production of the hormone estrogen which is an essential factor in bone growth and replacement.
The lack of estrogen during menopause speeds up bone loss significantly, which is why so many more women than men suffer from osteoporosis. Nevertheless, 6 million of the 28 million people who suffer from osteoporosis are men. 22 million are women. 1 out of 4 women over the age of 45 have it. 9 out of 10 women over the age of 75 have it. The Mayo Clinic reports that 40,000 deaths each year are associated with osteoporosis - many of these resulting from complications following hip and other bone fracture. In fact, there are 1.5 million fractures per year due to osteoporosis, costing an estimated $19.8 million in hospital and nursing home services.
RSVP Bone Builders The RSVP Bone Builders Program relies upon weight training and balance exercises to protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis by increasing muscular strength, balance and bone density.
Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association show that elderly women, who participated in a weight training program twice weekly for a year, gained an average of 1% of bone density. A control group lost 2% to 2.5% over the same time period. Participants reported increased strength, better balance, more energy and feelings of well-being.
All classes are FREE! Utilizing Volunteer Trainers leading classes at donated sites, RSVP and The Volunteer Center is delivering a proven exercise program to residents of Rutland and Addison Counties.
Volunteer Trainers Lead The Classes Volunteer Trainers are qualified by attending a one-day, all-day workshop conducted by experienced instructors. Volunteer Trainers are often former participants and some actually suffer from osteoporosis.
Classes Are Ongoing Participants can join an on-going class at anytime or join with others to initiate a new class. RSVP will help provide Volunteer Trainers, locate a donated site, and may supply the required weights at no cost.
The key to participation is a commitment to attend classes twice weekly for a minimum of six months. All the research surrounding weight training as a deterrent to osteoporosis confirms that a twice weekly commitment is required to insure an increase in bone density. Once a week is not enough.
RSVP Bone Builders is supported by grants from The James T. Bowse Health Trust, the Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center, The Vermont Women’s Fund, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Walter Cerf Foundation, The Tarrant Foundation, the Southwest Vermont Agency on Aging, the Jared Tamler Memorial Fund, Vermont Country Store, OMYA, the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation and private donations.