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Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF)
Support from the Carl Yngve and Lucille Adamson Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) Make the Expansion to Bemus Point “Healthy Bones” Class a Reality
Chautauqua County RSVP is strong advocate of osteoporosis prevention and continues to offer “Healthy Bones” exercise classes. The classes follow the StrongWomen© curriculum by Dr. Miriam Nelson, of Tufts University in Boston, based and created by her extensive research into osteoporosis. The curriculum using weights and a repetitive routine has shown to increase bone mass, strength, and endurance.
Individuals from the Bemus Point area had expressed a great interest in hosting a class in their part of county, so RSVP invested in three individuals to become certified trainers. Paula and Hossein Daneshkhah, along with Cherrie Clark traveled to Lancaster, PA to complete the certification process. St. Timothy Lutheran Church kindly permitted the use of the church, while the CRCF graciously provided funds for the weights and storage cabinets to enable this expansion.
RSVP now offers six classes in various locations around southern Chautauqua County. Current class locations include: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Gustavus Adolphus Learning Center, First Presbyterian Church, Park United Methodist Church – Sinclairville, Zion Lutheran Church – Frewsburg, and our most recent addition St. Timothy Lutheran Church – Bemus Point. Classes vary in size and time from each location – some are continuous classes, while other classes are only offered each spring and fall. The program has reached almost 200 participants and RSVP hopes to grow the program. RSVP is most grateful for the support of CRCF and St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church as well as our dedicated trainers to make this happen.