RCMH Offers Fall 2017 Strong Bones Program

July 5, 2017

Rusk County Memorial Hospital (RCMH) will begin its fall session of the Strong Bones program on September 11, 2017. This 10-week program helps participants, age 50 and older, learn strength training exercises that can help improve bone density, reduce falls, improve arthritis symptoms and increase flexibility and strength.

Strong Bones is coordinated through the physical therapy department and costs $40 to participate. Participants in Strong Bones can register for either a low intensity program or a high intensity program led by RCMH Physical Therapy Assistant Rob Johnson.

Classes occur every Monday and Wednesday from September 11 through November 15. The low intensity class runs from 10:00 to 11:00 am, and the high intensity class runs from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The low intensity class includes eight exercises, all of which are strength related. In the high intensity class, participants complete a mix of twelve strength and balance exercises. Since participants complete some of the high intensity class exercises on the floor, individuals interested in the high intensity class must be able to get up and down from the floor on their own.

Interested individuals can contact the RCMH Rehabilitation Department at 715-532-5561 ext. 1301 to register for the program or for more information. The deadline to register for this session of Strong Bones is Monday, August 14, 2017. Space is limited to 20 participants and preference will be given to new enrollees.  All enrollees will be contacted to confirm class placement by August 18, 2017. A $40 class fee will be due from participants by Tuesday, September 5, 2017. No refunds will be available beyond the program start date.

Physician authorization may be required to participate in the program if you are 70 years of age or older or you have checked off one or more “yes” boxes on the physical activity readiness questionnaire required at the time of registration. For safety reasons, only those who can walk with no assistance devices