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 participants learn about the importance of exercise, nutrition, safety, drug therapy, and lifestyle factors that relate to osteoporosis. Another important 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.

Interfaith Caregivers PHB program coordinator,  Evita Girón and volunteer Peer Leaders received 2021 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.

NJ Human Services Awards Volunteers for Efforts to Prevent Osteoporosis →

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.

Project Healthy Bones Balance exercise

Registration Requirements

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

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.

For more information or to sign up for classes, please contact, Maria Sergio, PHB Program Coordinator.

Classes Schedule & Locations

Please note:  all in-person classes have been suspended until at least January 21. Virtual Classes will remain intact as regularly scheduled on Monday and Thursday at 10am.

Monday 10:00 AM

Zoom
(for existing PHB participants ONLY)

Tuesday 1:30 PM

In-Person
Lawrence Township Senior Center Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (for Lawrenceville/Lawrence Township residents ONLY)

Wednesday 10:00 AM

In-Person
Trent Center West Senior Apartments
465 Greenwood Ave. Trenton, NJ 08609

Thursday 10:00 AM

In-Person
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
151 N. Warren St., Trenton, NJ 08608

Zoom
(for existing PHB participants ONLY)

What PHB 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.

Project Healthy Bones Impact

Based on completed participant surveys from the 2019/2020 cycle:

93%

reported that their overall health has improved

86%

participants reported improved balance

94%

reported at least one improvement in physical activities (increased exercise outside of class, can do more chores, can walk longer distances)

52%

participants reported having more energy

94%

reported that they made at least one lifestyle change (monitor their daily calcium and vitamin D intake, spoke to their doctor about osteoporosis