A Healthier U

BUILD A BONE CLASS

University Wellness is pleased to offer the Build a Bone program. This unique, innovative program is a four-part series of two-hour classes where you will learn how to care for and strengthen your bones and optimize your bone health. We also focus on treating and preventing low bone density or osteoporosis. Our classes are taught by medical professionals and educators at the University of Utah and focus on exercise: posture, body mechanics, weightlifting, core strengthening, balance and walking. We also review individual medical aspects and nutrition for optimal bone health.

  • BONE HEALTH AND UNDERSTANDING BONES
    • What is normal bone density?
    • What is osteoporosis/osteopenia?
    • Exercise and bone health
    • Behavior changes needed for bone health
  • WALKING AND BALANCE
    • Learn how to use a pedometer
    • Design a personalized walking program
    • Practice balance exercises to prevent falls
  • LIFTING WEIGHTS TO BUILD BONESSS
    • Learn how to use free hand weights to strengthen bones in arms, legs and spine
  • CORE STRENGTH AND BODY MECHANICS
    • Learn to strengthen back and stomach muscles
    • Learn proper posture
    • Learn body mechanics for everyday movements
  • MEDICATIONS
    • Learn how medications can affect your bone health
  • NUTRITION
    • Learn the role nutrition plays in overall bone health

cyclist“As a 36-year-old cyclist, I consider myself to be in pretty good shape. This being the case, I have to say I was surprised when I recently found out that I have osteopenia. I have read articles in the past about this being a concern for the cycling population but until I had a recent bone density scan, I hadn’t worried about it too much. The results showed that I was on my way to having osteoporosis. I’m grateful to have the information I need to help my bones. Now I can change my exercise program to strengthen my bones before I end up with a fracture.”
Thanks,
John

Upcoming sessions:
LS Skaggs Patient Wellness Center; 530 Wakara Way
Sept. 14, 17, 21, 24
Wednesday: 5-7 p.m.
Saturday: 9-11 a.m.
Register here.

South Jordan Health Center
Nov. 9, 12, 16, 19
Wednesday: 5-7 p.m.
Saturday: 9-11 a.m.
$125 for all four classes
Register here.

HealthFeed

BRAIN BENEFITS OF POKEMON GO
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Pokemon GO is popular all over the world, and is being praised for improving players’ health by getting them up and moving. The benefits go beyond physical well-being though, also impacting the mental health of those with depression and anxiety, as well as people on the autism spectrum. “First of all, we know that regular exercise helps improve mental state,” says Matthew Woolley, Ph.D., a psychologist with University of Utah Health Care. “Beyond that, the structure of the game – giving immediate feedback for attainable goals – keeps players who may suffer from depression or anxiety interested and active.”

Read the full story here.

THE RISE OF FENTANYL DEATHS

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When the musician Prince died of a fentanyl overdose in April of this year, it is likely he didn’t even know he was taking the drug. Yes, he knew he was taking a drug, however, he likely believed he was taking a much less potent opioid, like morphine or oxycodone. Authorities say pills marked as hydrocodone have tested positive for fentanyl. It’s a scene playing out all over the nation as more people seek out opioids and fatally encounter fentanyl. “Fentanyl is proving to be easy to produce and we are seeing it cut with other drugs – or substituted for them across the nation,” says Jennifer Plumb, M.D., a pediatrician with University of Utah Health Care. “However, it is much more potent and much more likely to cause an overdose.”

The full article can be found here.

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