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Bone Builders's newest program is Physical Activity for Inactive Seniors. This 10 week series is designed to help improve fitness levels for seniors who are not physically active. Bone Builders and community volunteers work with local senior centers to provide individual fitness assessment and teach activities to improve balance to prevent falls, increase endurance and strength and improve flexibility. Each exercise class includes a mini-lesson on reducing risks for osteoporosis through good nutrition and physical activity.


What is the Bone Builders Physical Activity Program for Inactive Seniors?
The Bone Builders Physical Activity Program (BBPAP) helps seniors move from "couch potatoes" to "hot potatoes" at local senior center. The program begins with an individualized fitness assessment developed by California State University, Fullerton, education on benefits of physical activity and a signed consent form from participants' health care provider. Community or senior centers must be active partners in providing the program.

The sessions include warm-up exercises, postural, stretching flexibility, strength and balance activities., plus education on osteoporosis prevention, balance, falls prevention, building physical activity into everyday life, body mechanics and posture. Classes use weights and exercise bands during the sessions. Each participant gets a final individualized fitness assessment that shows improvements and progress. The fitness pre-and post-assessments are offered free by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension's Bone Builders program to each participant.

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We are currently accepting Volunteer Applications, through July 26th, 2010,  to attend the BBPAP training, planned for August 4th & 5th, 2010, in Maricopa County. Click here for more detailed information.


Areas of Fitness and Physical Activity in BBPAP Classes
  • Flexibility
    • Warm-up exercises, postural, stretching, flexibilitycombing hair, zipping a back zipper, reaching for a seat belt
  • Strength
    • walking, weights and exercise bands, getting out of chair, lifting groceries, picking up grandchild opening jar lids, moving a box
  • Agility and balance
    • stretching, posture exercise, getting up to answer the phone, avoiding falls, crossing the street safely, reaching for things
  • Endurance
    • walking, weights and exercise bands, shopping, walking with family, touring, climbing stairs

     

Volunteers Bring Program in Local Centers

  • Volunteers receive training notebook with lesson plans, Bone Builders t-shirt, exercise band, meals, refreshment breaks, personal fitness assessment, needed forms and access to class resources, fitness testing in local communities for seniors
  • The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension supports the fitness assessments and individualized fitness summarizes.
  • During the day and half train-the-trainer workshop, volunteers learn how to implement the series, assess senior fitness levels, motivate seniors for physical activity, keeping fit for life, improving balance, building healthy bones, and safety issues.
  • It expands and builds on original Bone Builders training
  • Volunteers help seniors gradually improve their level of abilities, live life to the fullest, to be able to do the things they want to do.
  • Registration fee for BBPAP volunteer training is $75, but scholarships are available.


Contact the UA Cooperative Extension for more information. Call Elizabeth Schnoll at 602-470-8086 Ext. 324 or email eschnoll@ag.arizona.edu, to attend the training and to set up a Bone Builders Physical Activity Program in a Maricopa County center. Contact Linda Block lblock@ag.arizona.edu for classes in Tucson or Pima County.

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Click to Download the Training Flier

Sponsored by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. Supported by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Arizona Department of Health Services, City of Phoenix and other community partners.

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