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Osteofit

A certified exercise, education and falls prevention program for people who are at risk of fractures and falls.
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What is Osteofit?

What is Osteofit?

Exercise is a proven effective treatment option for people with osteoporosis in combination with medication and nutrition.

  • Exercise can modify some fall risk factors and thus reduce falls in older adults.
  • A physically active lifestyle is associated with a reduced risk of osteoporotic fracture.
Osteofit is BC Women’s certified exercise, education and falls prevention program for individuals with osteoporosis, low bone density or who are at risk of fractures and falls. Osteofit aims to provide safe and gentle exercises for individuals with minimal previous exercise experience.

Osteofit is medically endorsed and based on published research. It is designed and updated by clinical specialists from BC Women’s Osteoporosis program (see the Osteoporosis Program for more information). Osteofit instructors are specially trained and certified by BC Women’s Hospital +Health Centre.

The goals of Osteofit are to:

  • Reduce your risk of falls and fractures
  • Improve your ability to do day-to-day activities
  • Increase your confidence and independence
  • Improve your quality of life
Prospective participants DO NOT need a physician’s referral though some individuals may require medical clearance from a physician or nurse practitioner if they are over 65 or have specific medical problems. Whether medical clearance is necessary will be determined by the Osteofit instructor at the first class.

Frequently asked questions

It can be frightening to learn you have osteoporosis or low bone density. You might mistakenly think exercise will cause you to fall and break your bones. Research shows that exercise helps to build your muscles, improve mobility and balance and reduces your risk of falls and fractures.


Osteofit has been designed specifically for people with osteoporosis and low bone density who have been inactive and are looking for an introductory exercise program.  


Osteofit is safe and gentle enough not to cause pain or injury, even if you're not used to exercise. Osteofit is safe for individuals for have had spinal or other fractures or who have broken their hip or other bones. 


Osteofit will teach you how to reduce the risk of future fractures and the exercises will strengthen the muscles that support the spine and hip.

 

Osteofit classes offer a combination of exercise and education in a supportive group environment. Each one-hour class has a low participant-to-instructor ratio and is led by a certified Osteofit instructor.


Education

Each Level 1 class contains an education and information sharing session. Instructors provide the latest information on osteoporosis, falls prevention, nutrition and healthy living.


Exercise

Osteofit exercises have been chosen by clinical specialists in the Osteoporosis program for their effectiveness in reducing the risk of falls, decreasing the rate of bone loss, strengthening muscles and improving posture. The exercise portion of an Osteofit class includes:

  • warm-up exercises
  • functional movement
  • agility activities
  • resistance training
  • stretches
  • relaxation

Participants work at their own level in each class.

Exercises can be done seated, standing, or on a mat. Some exercises may involve the use of weights or resistance bands. The low instructor-to-participant ratio ensures each participant receives personal attention and assistance throughout the class.


What to Wear & Bring to Class

Loose-fitting clothing that is not restrictive and comfortable to move around in is best. Your shoes should be sturdy lace-up style with wide soles for good balance. Street shoes are generally not appropriate. 

You do not need to bring anything to class but it is a good idea to bring a bottle of water and a towel for laying on the mat during mat exercises.


Osteofit class levels

Osteofit classes offer two levels of participation:

  • Osteofit Level 1: Introduction to Osteofit exercises
  • Osteofit Level 2: Osteofit ongoing exercise program.
Osteofit Level 1

Osteofit Level 1 is a one-hour class offered twice per week for a minimum of 6 weeks or 12 sessions. Level 1 focuses on introducing participants to exercise through safe and simple movements to improve strength, posture, balance and agility.


Osteofit Level 2

Osteofit Level 2 is the ongoing exercise and education program for graduates of Osteofit Level 1. Osteofit Level 2 is a one-hour class offered twice weekly for a minimum of 6 weeks or 12 sessions. This is a slightly more challenging exercise program to build on the strength, posture, agility and balance developed in Level 1.


Note: for those who would prefer a gentler introduction to exercise or for those with balance and mobility impairments and are not yet ready to attend a community based exercise program, the Get Up & Go! program might be best suited to you.


Get Up & Go! is a collaboration between BC Women's Osteofit and Fraser Health Falls and Injury Prevention. It provides an entry level exercise program for seniors at high risk for falls, for those with balance and mobility impairments, those using mobility aids (canes, walkers and wheelchairs). It is a safe exercise program designed to improve strength, balance and coordination as well as functional ability, independence and quality of life. Contact Fraser Health or telephone 604- 587-7866 for a list of classes and for more information. Get Up & Go! is taught by registered Osteofit instructors.


Advancing Beyond Osteofit

After participating in Osteofit Level 2, some participants feel confident to move on to a more challenging exercise program. Your Osteofit instructor will be able to recommend suitable fitness programs for your age and fitness level.

 

Osteofit instructors receive specialized training and are certified by BC Women's Hospital &+ Health Centre. Instructors have access to BC Women's clinical team of physicians, nurse clinician, physiotherapist and dietitians who provide on-going support to the program.


Osteofit instructors are required to maintain a high level of competency and re-certification is required every two years. Instructors participate regularly in professional development workshops to maintain their Osteofit certification and to stay current on the latest information about osteoporosis and exercise.

 

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and decreased bone strength. This causes bones to be fragile and at risk of fracture, especially the hip, spine and wrist bones. Osteoporosis is often called "the silent thief" because bone loss occurs without symptoms. About 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 5 men aged over 50 will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Visit the Osteoporosis Canada for more information.


Osteofit is an evidence-based program that is regularly evaluated and updated by researchers and clinicians from BC Women's Osteoporosis Program. BC Women's also regularly collects data on program participation, reasons for participation, and if objectives are being realized. This information translates to direct improvements to the program.

 

Get Up & Go!

Get Up & Go!

This adaptation of Osteofit is directed to those with mobility impairments who require walking aids and are at increased risk for falls. Get Up & Go! was developed at the request of Fraser Health Falls and Injury Prevention to assist individuals unable to attend a community based fitness class. It is designed to improve joint mobility, functional strength, balance and coordination in a small group setting. Many health care providers refer their patients to Get Up & Go! but other individuals do not need a referral. Medical clearance may be required. 

Criteria to participate:
  • May use a mobility aid such as a walker, cane, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Must be able to transfer to a chair. If unable to do so independently, a care giver must attend.
  • Must be able to follow directions through verbal or physical gestures with or without the help of a care giver.
  • Not able to safely participate in a community class due to physical and/or cognitive concerns.
  • Must have transportation to/from the class.
  • Must commit to a minimum of 1 session per week for 6 weeks.

Participation fees apply. Contact the facility for registration details.

Get Up & Go! is taught by Osteofit Instructors who have taken additional training. The program can be found in many seniors' centres in the lower mainland, Victoria, Gabriola Island and Kelowna.
Find a class

Find an Osteofit class

Osteofit classes are offered in many local community recreation facilities and seniors' centres throughout BC.

Individual community centres and recreation facilities offering Osteofit classes set the cost of the programs depending on number of participants and number of classes. Please contact the facility directly.

If you do not see your local community recreation centre listed below, contact them directly or ask your family physician or physiotherapist for more information about the Osteofit program near you.

Class locations as of June 2015

 

Abbotsford

 

Abbotsford Recreation Centre  604-853-4221
Apollo Athletic Club  604-504-7560

 

Aldergrove
Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre  604-856-2899

 

Burnaby
Bonsor Recreation Centre  604-439-5510

Edmonds Community Centre  604-525-1671

 

Chilliwack

Chilliwack Family YMCA  604-792-3371

 

Coquitlam

Dogwood Pavilion Seniors' Centre  604-933-6089
Glen Pine Community Centre  604-927-6945


Delta

Kennedy Seniors' Centre  604-594-2717

Ladner Leisure Centre  604-946-3310

McKee House  604-946-1411

South Delta Recreation Centre  604-952-3005


Langley

Langley Senior's Recreation Centre  604-530-3020

Timms Community Centre  604-514-2940

Walnut Grove Community Centre  604-882-0408


Mission

Lifetime Learners Society  604-820-0220


North Vancouver

John Braithewaite Community Centre  604-982-8300

Silver Harbour Centre  604-980-2474


Pitt Meadows

Pitt Meadows Seniors Activity Centre  604-467-4771


Port Coquitlam

Wilson Centre 604-927-7970


Port Moody

Port Moody Community Centre  604-469-4556


Richmond

City Centre Community Centre  604-204-8588
Richmond Thompson Community Centre   604-238-8422
Steveston Steveston Community Centre   604-238-8080 


Surrey

Elim Village (contact instructor directly)  778-999-3351
uildford Recreation Centre 604-502-6360
Newton Seniors' Centre  604-501-5010


Vancouver

Britannia Community Centre  604-718-5800 
Brock House Society  604-228-1461
Douglas Park Community Centre  604-257-8130

Dunbar Community Centre  604-222-6060
False Creek Community Centre  604-257-8195
Hastings Community Centre  604-718-6222
Hillcrest Community Centre  604-257-8545
Jewish Community Centre  604-257-5111
Kerrisdale Community Centre  604-257-8100
Killarney Community Centre  604-718-8200
Kitsilano Community Centre  604-257-6976
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House  604-736-3588
Oakridge Seniors Centre  604-263-1883
Renfrew Park Community Centre  604-257-8388
Roundhouse Community Centre  604-713-1800
South Granville Senior's Centre  604-732-0812
Steeves Manor  604-224-4302
West End Community Centre  604-257-8333

West Vancouver

West Vancouver Community Centre  604-925-7270

White Rock

White Rock Leisure Services  604-541-2199 


Gabriola Island
Gabriola Fitness Centre  250-247-8070

Pender Island
Pender Island School (contact instructor) 250-629-9910
 

Courtney

Florence Filberg Centre  250-338-1000


Esquimalt

Esquimalt Recreation  250-386-6108

 

Ladysmith

Frank Jameson Community Centre  250-245-6424


Mill Bay 

Kerry Park Recreation Centre  250-743-5922

LTY Fitness (personal training Osteofit)  250-882-8879


Nanaimo 

Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture  250-756-5200


Saanich 

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre 250-595-7121

George Pearkes Recreation Centre 250-475-5400

Saanich Commonwealth Society 250-727-5300


Sidney 

Shoal Centre 250-656-5537

Panorama Leisure Centre 250-656-7271


Victoria 

Monterey Seniors Centre 250-370-7300


West Victoria 

West Community Centre 250-388-6120

Kamloops 

Tournament Capital Centre  250-828-3500


Kelowna 

H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre  250-764-4040 

Parkinson Recreation Centre  250-469-8800

Christ Lutheran Church Hall (Contact instructor) 250-317-7283


West Kelowna

Heritage Retirement residence (Contact instructor)  250-470-3553

Westbank United Church (Contact instructor)  250-470-3553


Logan Lake 

Wellness Health & Youth Centre  250-523-6229


Salmon Arm 

ProActive Fitness  250-832-3200


Vernon 

Ladies World Health & Fitness  250-503-2363

Greater Vernon Parks & Rec. Centre  250-550-3672

The Schubert Centre (Contact instructor)  250-470-3553


Fort Nelson

Northern Rockies Regional Rec. Ctr.  250-774-2541

Tagish
Tagish Community Centre  867-399-3407

Whitehorse
Canada Games Centre  867-668-8360
Get Up & Go!

An entry level Osteofit program developed in collaboration with Fraser Health Falls and Injury Prevention for those with mobility impairments.

Note: not all levels of Osteofit are available at each location.

Abbotsford 

Abbotsford Recreation Centre  604-557-4417


Burnaby 

Bonsor Recreation Centre  604-439-5510

Confederation Seniors Centre 604-294-1936


Chilliwack 

Chilliwack Family YMCA  604-792-3371


Coquitlam 

Dogwood Pavilion  604-927-6098

Glen Pine Pavilion  604-927-6940


Delta 

McKee Seniors Centre  604-946-1411


Gabriola Island 

Gabriola Fitness Centre  250-247-8070


Kelowna 

Parkinson Activity Centre  250-469-8800


Langley 

Timms Community Centre  604-514-2940


Logan Lake

W.H.Y. Centre  250-523-6229


Maple Ridge 

Maple Ridge Leisure Centre  604-465-2470


Mission 

Lifetime Learning  604-820-0220


New Westminster 

Century House  604-519-1066

Victoria Heights  604-568-1976 


North Vancouver 

Silver Harbour Centre  604-980-2474 


Port Coquitlam

Wilson Centre  604-927-7970


Richmond 

Minoru Seniors Centre  604-238-8450


Saanich (Vancouver Island) 

George Pearkes Recreation Centre  250-475-5400


Vancouver

Dunbar Community Centre  604-222-6060

Kerrisdale Community Centre  604-257-8109

Jewish Community Centre  604-257-5111

Thunderbird Community Centre

West End Community Centre  604-257-8333


Vernon

Greater Vernon Parks & Recreation  250-545-4724


White Rock 

White Rock Leisure Centre  604-541-2199

Kent Street Activity Centre  604-541-2199 

 
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