The Better Bones & Balance Program® (BBB) is based on research (PDF) from Oregon State University's Bone Research Laboratory. Study participants who performed balance and strength exercises using weighted vests reduced their rate of hip bone loss and reduced their risk of falls. All of the study participants were post menopausal women.
The BBB classes are designed to gradually improve balance and strength to avoid falls and maintain independence. "Better bones are a bonus", says Associate Professor Kathy Gunter, Ph.D. "Most fractures occur from a fall. If you avoid the fall, chances are you won’t experience a fracture. Because this program targets strength and balance, it has an immediate impact on reducing the risk for falls. The benefits to bone observed among long–term participants are icing on the cake."
Visit the Better Bones & Balance® FAQ page to learn more about the program and osteoporosis. You will also find sample programs for beginners, intermediate and advanced exercises and exercise logs that you can download to help you begin exercising on your own.
Physical Activity is essential to the development and maintenance of good health. Unfortunately, too many Americans are not active enough. This site provides resources to help you learn ways to be more active and engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors. OSU Extension and the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences provide many programs that promote health and well-being. Check out these highlighted programs for physical activity!
To learn more about how active you should be check out the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.