Better Bones & Balance® Fact Sheets

  • Bone Health Fact Sheet (PDF)
    Oregon State University researchers conducted a study to evaluate the relationship between community-based participation in Better Bones & Balance® (BBB) and measures of bone health among older, postmenopausal women. The study found that women who had been participating in BBB for at least one year were compared to age matched controls (non-BBB participants) on measures of bone measures of bone mineral diversity (BMD) and bone structure (size and shape).
  • Functional Outcomes Fact Sheet (PDF)
    In 1998, the targeted exercises used in the Better Bones & Balance® (BBB) were shown to improve functional outcomes when delivered to participants in a research study.
  • Physical Activity Guide Fact Sheet (PDF)
    The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans has provided comprehensive, research based physical activity recommendations for older adults and a recent study has shown that by participating in Better Bones & Balance®, older adults are likely meeting the minimum recommended dose for weekly physical activity.
  • Long-term Exercise Using Weighted Vests Prevents Hip Bone Loss in Postmenopausal Women (PDF)
    Hip fractures represent a national health problem of crisis proportions in this country. There are approximately 300,000 hip fractures annually in the United States, and these carry an economic cost of over $9 billion. Moreover, their numbers are expected to double by the year 2040. Furthermore, the psychological burden of hip fracture can be devastating.
  • Weighted Vest Exercise Improves Indices of Fall Risk in Older Women (PDF)
    It is estimated that more than a quarter-million hip fractures occur annually, amounting to over $8 billion spent on immediate- and long-term medical care. Although the etiology of osteoporotic fractures is complex, it is evident that two factors play important roles: bone loss and falls.
  • The Influence of Participation in Better Bones and Balance on Skeletal Health (PDF)
    Older women participating in Better Bones & Balance® (BBB) had similar bone mass at the hip compared to a sample of low active/sedentary controls. However, both groups had higher than expected hip BMD, despite higher risk for osteoporosis among BBB participants.