About Build a Bone

University Wellness is pleased to offer the Build a Bone Program. This unique, innovative program is a four-part series of two-hour classes where you will learn how to care for and strengthen your bones and optimize your bone health. We also focus on treating and preventing low bone density or osteoporosis. Our classes are taught by medical professionals and educators at the University of Utah and focus on exercise: posture, body mechanics, weightlifting, core strengthening, balance and walking. We also review individual medical aspects and nutrition for optimal bone health.

Past Build a Bone participants can enroll in an ongoing exercise class, which focuses on reviewing technique and learning new exercises.The class is offered two days a week. Call for dates and times.

University Orthopaedic Center also offers bone density scanning (DEXA scan), which can measure the strength and density of your bones.

DEXA Scan & Imaging

Britta Trepp, Program Manager


Classes offered and the topics* they cover:

1. Bone Health & Understanding Bones2. Walking & Balance
  • What is normal bone density?
  • What is osteoporosis/osteopenia?
  • Exercise and bone health
  • Behavior changes needed for bone health
  • Learn how to use a pedometer
  • Design a personalized walking program
  • Practice balance exercises to prevent falls
3. Lifting Weights to Build Bones4. Medications
  • Learn how to use free hand weights to strengthen bones in arms, legs and spine
  • Learn how medications can affect your bone health
5. Core Strength & Body Mechanics6. Nutrition
  • Learn to strengthen back and stomach muscles
  • Learn proper posture
  • Learn body mechanics for everyday movements
  • Learn the role nutrition plays in overall bone health

*Class content is subject to change

Farmington Health Center 165 N. University Avenue
Farmington, UT 84025
Ray & Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building 530 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
South Jordan Health Center 5126 W. Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84009
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As a 36-year-old cyclist, I consider myself to be in pretty good shape. This being the case, I have to say I was surprised when I recently found out that I have osteopenia. I have read articles in the past about this being a concern for the cycling population but until I had a recent bone density scan, I hadn't worried about it too much. The results showed that I was on my way to having osteoporosis. I'm grateful to have the information I need to help my bones. Now I can change my exercise program to strengthen my bones before I end up with a fracture.