Chautauqua County RSVP Volunteers Offer Spring 2018 “Healthy Bones” Classes

(L to R): Sue Waterman, Nancy Kerrin, Cherrie Clark, Joanne Nelson, Linda Bailey and Meri Swanson – all certified StrongWomen© site leaders

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“Healthy Bones” is an evidenced informed exercise program based on Tuft’s University StrongWomen© Program.  Trained leaders through Chautauqua County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging offer it locally. “Healthy Bones” is a community based strength-training program aimed at mid-life and older men/women. The benefits of strength training studied extensively include:

  • Increased muscle mass and strength
  • Improved bone density and reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures
  • Reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and obesity
  • Improved self-confidence, sleep and vitality

“Healthy Bones” hopes to prevent falls by introducing this evidence based strength-training program to community participants. The program includes progressive resistance training, balance training, and flexibility exercises. The curriculum includes resistance-training routines, each with ten exercises used within the program. Routines begin with a five to ten minute warm up that may include walking, marching, or light calisthenics, e.g. toe touches. The resistance training exercises work all of the major muscles groups, utilizing a combination of dumbbells, adjustable ankle weights, and body weight. Classes conclude with a five to ten minute cool-down that includes upper and lower flexibility exercises.

Generally, classes meet twice per week. Some leaders offer back-to-back sessions. Some take one to two-week breaks between sessions or offer the class seasonally.

Chautauqua County RSVP volunteers and other community leaders trained by StrongWomen© attended daylong training workshops. The curriculum provides individuals with the primary functional materials and skills. Participant fee is $25.00 per session and weights provided at each location.

The spring classes are:

First Presbyterian Church

Informational Meeting: Monday, March 12, 2018 – 9:30 am
Classes Begin: Monday, March 19, 2018 – meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 am – 10:45 am and concluding May 23, 2018.

Location:
First Presbyterian Church
509 Prendergast Avenue
Jamestown NY 14701

Please park using the large Sixth Street lot across from the church, entering through the rear entrance of the church.

Contact: to enroll call Joanne E. Nelson 488-9574

Park United Methodist Church – Sinclairville

Informational Meeting: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 9:30 am
Classes Begin: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – meeting each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am – 10:45 am and concluding May 15, 2018.

Location:
Park United Methodist Church
49 Sinclair Drive
Sinclairville NY 14782

To enroll call Linda Bailey at 962-1014 or Meri Swanson at 483-6632

Zion Lutheran Church

Informational Meeting: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 1:15 pm
Classes Begin: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – meeting each Tuesday and Thursday from 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm and ending June 7, 2018.

Location:
Zion Lutheran Church
45 Falconer Street
Frewsburg NY 14738

Contact: to enroll call Nancy Kerrin at 569-6300

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Informational Meeting: Monday, April 4, 2018 – 9:00 am
Classes Begin: Monday, April 4, 2018 – meeting each Monday – Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am – 10:15 am and ending June 15, 2018.

Location:
Immanuel Lutheran Church
556 East Second Street
Jamestown NY 14701

Gustavus Adolphus Learning Center (GALC) Cafetorium

Informational Meeting: Monday, March 26, 2018 – 5:00 pm
Classes Begin: Wednesday, March 26, 2018 – meeting each Monday – Wednesday from 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm and ending June 13, 2018.

Location:
Gustavus Adolphus Learning Center Cafetorium
200 Gustavus Avenue
Jamestown NY 14701

Contact: to enroll call Sue Waterman at 789-3741

St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Informational Meeting: Monday, March 19, 2018 – 9:00 am
Classes Begin: Monday, March 19, 2018 – meeting each Monday – Wednesday from 9:00 am – 10:15 am and ending June 13, 2018.

Location:
St. Timothy Lutheran Church
3748 NY – 430
Bemus Point NY 14712

Contact: to enroll call Cherrie Clark at 386-3105

Fairway Point Senior Village

Informational Meeting: Monday, April 30, 2018 – 10:00 am
Classes Begin: Monday, April 30, 2018 – meeting each Monday – Wednesday from 9:00 am – 10:15 am and ending July 2, 2018.

Location:
Fairway Point Senior Village
2123 Southwestern Drive
Lakewood NY 14750

Contact: to enroll call Irene Terreberry at 386-2532

Chautauqua County RSVP, locally sponsored by Lutheran, is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

Additional “Healthy Bones” instructors through Chautauqua County Office for the Aging conduct classes in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Sinclairville and Findley Lake. For additional information on “Healthy Bones” classes or other exercise/wellness programs in the county, contact NY Connects at 753-4582, 661-7581 or 363-4582.

For additional classes in southern Chautauqua County, please feel free to contact RSVP at 665-8039.