Recently Osteofit provincial coordinator, Debbie Cheong, was the recipient of Osteoporosis Canada's Community Partners Award for outstanding contributions to the health and well-being of British Columbians affected by Osteoporosis. The Community Partners Award is presented annually to those special organizations that have fostered and promoted the work of Osteoporosis Canada.
The 2012 Award was presented to Debbie Cheong, Osteofit provincial coordinator, by Dr. Famida Jiwa, president and CEO of Osteoporosis Canada, at the public forum "After the Break" in Victoria BC, on November 1, 2012.
Osteofit is now available in over 70 facilities across the province with some private residential communities offering classes to their tenants. Osteofit is available in Cantonese and Mandarin in the lower mainland with hopes to increase the Cantonese classes. For a complete list of Osteofit programs available throughout BC click here and select the "Find a class" tab. Note, not all levels of Osteofit are available at each location. Classes are subject to sufficient registration.
BC Women's Osteofit has collaborated with Fraser Health Falls and Injury Prevention to develop an entry level Osteofit program for those with mobility impairments. Get Up & Go! is an exercise program for seniors at high risk for falls and those using mobility aids (canes, walkers and wheelchairs) who would otherwise be unable to attend a community based exercise class. 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 or click here and choose the "Find a class" tab for class locations and more information. Get Up & Go! is taught by registered Osteofit instructors.
Download the Get Up & Go! brochure.
Recently Osteofit was featured in Senior Living Magazine, (Jan. 2012, page 17). Click here to see a copy of the feature.
Sing Tao weekly (Vancouver BC) ran a Chinese article on Osteofit in the February 2012 issue.
Read the article in Chinese.