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Bone Builders volunteers Lois Klindworth (center) and Marge Tomczik (left) lead a class through opening stretches Monday in Jordan Tower I. The program uses light weightlifting and other exercises to help prevent osteoporosis. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

A new weightlifting program at Jordan Towers aims to help participants prevent or reverse the onset of the bone disease osteoporosis — and have a good time doing it.

The free, twice-weekly class is based around Bone Builders, a national osteoporosis exercise program that combines stretching and light weightlifting to increase bone density and muscle strength.

“We try to make (the class) flexible so everyone can do it,” said Guthrie Capossela, a coordinator with Common Good Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

He added that the program is open to men and women of all ages and fitness levels.

Each roughly hour-long class utilizes dumbbells and attachable leg weights; but, Capossela said, participants will not be pressured into lifting more than they are able, and can choose to forgo the weights entirely when starting out.

“I really like it,” said Luann Klindworth of Hager City, who attended her first Bone Builders session in Red wing on Monday. “You can just work to the point that you’re comfortable with.”

The program also is an opportunity for people to get out and socialize with other community members, Capossela said.

Classes started with Jordan Towers residents about a month ago and are open to the rest of the public starting today, he said.

Volunteer leaders Lois Klindworth and Marge Tomczik said they have seen a handful of participants so far, and hope expanding the program to the community will attract a larger turnout.

“I think we’re going to end up with some more people who will really enjoy it,” Tomczik said.

Weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises are important aspects to fending off bone disease, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Osteoporosis is a condition in which a person’s bone structure loses density, causing bones to become weak and break.

As many as 52 million Americans have or are at risk for osteoporosis, the NOF says.

Common Good RSVP is part of Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona, which provides community programs in southern Minnesota counties, according to the group’s website.

The Red Wing class joins close to a dozen Bone Builders programs set up by Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona, including classes in Northfield and Kenyon.

Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays 9 to 10 a.m. at Jordan Tower I café, 433 W. Fourth St.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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