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Lakeland Holds Bones in Balance Series in St. Joseph
(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy is now enrolling participants for Bones in Balance, a four-week program designed to teach those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia how to successfully live with these conditions through self-management. Bones in Balance incorporates education and exercise and is led by specially trained physical therapists. The program includes valuable self-management tips from a pharmacist, registered dietitian, nurse educator, and counselor.

Classes meet twice a week each month on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a four-week period at the Center for Outpatient Services, 3900 Hollywood Road, St. Joseph. Registration is now open for the next set of classes which will run from July 2 through July 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that affects over 44 million Americans, and although both men and women can develop the disease, over 80 percent of sufferers are women over the age of 45. Osteoporosis is commonly referred to as “the silent disease,” because bone loss occurs without any visible symptoms at first. Many people don’t realize they have osteoporosis until their bones are so weak that the smallest strain or fall causes a bone to fracture.

A physician’s order is required for Bones in Balance, and the class is billable to insurance. There is a $25 registration fee. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-7150.

Visit www.lakelandhealth.org or find Lakeland HealthCare on Facebook or Twitter for more information about upcoming classes, events, and screenings.

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