Project Healthy Bones

Project Healthy Bones is an exercise and education program that helps seniors at risk of osteoporosis learn the benefits of exercise, nutrition, safety, drug therapy and lifestyle factors.

The program was developed by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services and the North Jersey Regional Arthritis Center.

We are able to offer it free-of-charge thanks to support from a Socialization and Recreation grant from the Mercer County Office on Aging, a grant from the Office of Faith Based Initiatives – NJ Department of Human Services, the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, as well as other foundation grants and private donations.

Classes Program

We offer one 24-week session annually at five locations. New sessions begin in September, and continue through to March, with on-going maintenance classes provided to graduates through to July. Classes at St. Mary’s Cathedral and South Village are offered in bilingual format to accommodate Spanish-speaking participants.

  • Classes include presentations by medical professionals, weight-bearing exercises, Q&A sessions, and healthy snacks.
  • Dress comfortably for the exercise sessions. We recommend sweat suit or shorts/tee shirt and sneakers or walking shoes (closed shoes required at all exercise sessions).
  • Bring bottle of water, preferably at least 12 oz.
  • Beginning with session four, ankle and wrist weights will be part of the strength training exercises. We provide weights to anyone who needs them.
  • Each class is approximately 90 minutes long. The entire course runs for 24 weeks.  Participation in all sessions is recommended for the best results.

Open and print Participant Information Sheet for reference.

Registration

The program is free-of-charge, but registration is required.

To register, contact Evita Giron, Project Healthy Bones Coordinator, at 609-393-9922 or evita@icgmc.org.  Participation is limited to 15 participants per class.

You must provide a Medical Clearance form, completed by your physician, and a Participant Agreement/Release form prior to participating in the program. You may fax the completed forms to our office, at 609-586-1919, or hand in the Peer Leader at the first session.

Locations

Mondays, 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

  • Hamilton Township Public Library
  • 1 Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619
  • Class meets in the Community Room on the lower level. Ample parking is available.

Tuesdays, 10:00 AM

  • South Village Apartments
  • 312 Lalor Street Trenton, NJ 08611
  • Class meets in Community Room. Ample parking is available in lot located on Stokely Ave.

Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 PM

  • Lawrence Township Senior Center
  • Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
  • Class meets in the community room. Ample parking is available.

Thursdays, 10:00 AM

  • Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
  • 151 N. Warren St., Trenton, NJ 08608
  • Thursdays, 10:00 AM
  • Class meets in the church basement. Entrance on the side of the building away from the street. Parking available at the back of the church.

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM

  • Trent Center West Senior Apartments
  • 465 Greenwood Ave. Trenton, NJ 08609
  • Class meets in the basement. Ample parking is available.

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