Project Healthy Bones Wellness Program
Helping Seniors Stay Strong Live Independently
Project Healthy Bones is an osteoporosis prevention exercise and education program for older women and men at risk for, or who have osteoporosis.
This 24-week, free exercise program targets the body’s larger muscle groups with the curriculum designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility – crucial to preventing falls and broken bones in the senior population.
In addition, Project Healthy Bones program educates participants on the importance of exercise, nutrition, safety, drug therapy, and lifestyle factors that relate to osteoporosis. Additional benefit of the program is opportunity for social engagement of its participants.
Launched by our agency in 2012, this beneficial program is provided through a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and the North Jersey Regional Arthritis Center, Morristown Medical Center.
At this time, due to the challenges presented by COVID-19, Interfaith Caregivers offers only virtual Project Healthy Bones classes via Zoom!
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a major cause of disability in older adults, especially women. A bone-weakening disorder, osteoporosis often results in fractures in the hip and spine — which can severely impair elderly mobility and independence.
The good news is that osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related disability is preventable and treatable. With appropriate treatment, including programs such as Project Healthy Bones, individuals can experience up to a 70% reduction in risk of fracture.
Congratulations to our PHB Team on receiving 2021 Osteoporosis Prevention Award
Interfaith Caregivers PHB program coordinator, Evita Girón and volunteer Peer Leaders received Recognition Award from New Jersey Department of Human Services and the Interagency Council on Osteoporosis (ICO) recognizing their contribution to osteoporosis awareness and prevention in the past year.
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month
31 Ways to Stay Bone Strong in May
NOF’s handy digital calendar shares 31 Ways to Stay Bone Strong. Each date links to a vetted action, fact or resource that will help you live a healthy, active life. View Calendar
Special Resources shared by ICO
- Stress and Our Bones
Presentation by ICO member Margie Bissinger, taped specifically for this year’s Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month observance.
- Forks Over Knives: The What, How & Why of a Plant Based Diet
A copy of a PowerPoint presentation made by ICO member Lori Morell and Parker Life, recipients of one of this year’s Osteoporosis Month awards.
- Safe Movement and Exercise Videos
Videos produced by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, can help those with the disease stay active.
Project Healthy Bones Virtual Exercise Classes
Stay Fit, Strong and Socially Engaged, While Staying Home
We are looking for Peer Leader volunteers!
For more information please contact, Evita Girón or Lauri Harbison at 609-393-9922.
Interfaith Caregivers offers PHB virtual zoom classes every Monday at 10:00 am and every Thursday at 10:00 am. At this time, our virtual Zoom classes are available only for current participants. Invitation with a link to Zoom class is emailed to participants every week.
Between strength exercises, there are 30-second breaks to
take a drink of water (staying hydrated is essential) or to hear quick but insightful health education tips.
You must provide 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.
What Program Participants Are Saying..
“ It has provided me with the awareness that changes can be made to reverse bone loss or maintain present level.
Osteoporosis has been with me for a number of years. These classes give me hope that I can work on being in charge of it rather than letting it take over my life. These classes are a gift to me.“
— Mary L.
“ PHB has helped me be more consistent in doing the
exercises—the group setting, the class commitment and the people all keep me interested and committed to keeping it up.“
— Susan J.
Benefits of Project Healthy Bones
Based on completed participant surveys from the 2019/2020 cycle:
- 93% reported that their overall health has improved.
- 86% reported improved balance.
- 52% reported having more energy.
- 94% reported at least one improvement in physical activities (improved posture, have become more active, more careful about bending, increased exercise outside of class, can do more chores, can walk longer distances).
- Further, 94% of participants reported that they made at least one lifestyle change (monitor and adjust their daily calcium and vitamin D intake, spoke to their doctor about osteoporosis, drinking more water, etc...)