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About Build-a-Bone: Learn How to Keep Your Bones Healthy

Osher Center for Integrative Health at University of Utah 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 University of Utah Health 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.

Who Should Attend?

Adults who have or are at risk for osteopenia or osteoporosis

How Do I Sign Up?

Classes are offered six times throughout the year (two days a week) at the L.S. Skaggs Patient Wellness Center, South Jordan Health Center, and Farmington Health Center. Past Build-a-Bone participants can enroll in an ongoing exercise class, which focuses on reviewing technique and learning new exercises. 

For more information on cost and our current offerings click the "Register" button below.

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What Will I Learn in Class?

Our Build-a-Bone Program offers several classes. Here are the topics* they cover:

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

*Class content is subject to change

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