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Volunteers Sought to Lead "Project Healthy Bones" Classes

Post Date:03/07/2017 4:16 PM

BRIDGEWATER – Are you looking to improve your own health and well-being while serving as a role model for others? If so, you can help people who have, or are at risk of getting, osteoporosis by volunteering to become a Project Healthy Bones Peer Leader.

Dependable men or women age 60 and above who have good communication and interpersonal skills and who are able to perform low-level endurance exercises are encouraged to register by Friday, March 17. Interested volunteers are encouraged to share the opportunity with friends and family, as the program is co-facilitated.

To become a Peer Leader, volunteers must attend two mandatory train-the-trainer sessions, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, and Wednesday, March 29. Peer Leaders are expected to facilitate at least one Project Healthy Bones workshop series per year.

The free training will be conducted at the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater, located at 876 E. Main St. (next to TD Bank Ballpark). Lunch will be provided. Call (908) 704-6346 for more information.

After training is completed, newly trained Peer Leaders will be paired with experienced leaders to provide class instruction and individual assistance to Project Healthy Bones participants.  The 24-week program educates participants on the importance of exercise, nutrition, safety, lifestyle factors and drug therapy as it relates to osteoporosis. It also includes exercises that target the body’s larger muscle groups while improving strength, balance and flexibility.

The Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater is operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services. The multipurpose facility offers a variety of educational, recreational and entertaining activities for active older adults, including wellness programs and health screenings. The centers are accessible to individuals with disabilities. 

Somerset County senior centers offer a wide range of experiences designed for lifelong enrichment in a social and uplifting atmosphere, intended to positively impact overall health. Many of these programs are funded, in part, through the Older Americans Act.

For more information or to register, contact Caitlin Witucki at the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services (908) 704-6346 or toll-free at 1-888-747-1122.

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