Winona Bone Builders classes to expand


The very popular, free senior exercise program Bone Builders has had some excited changes in the past month. Having only started this past spring, Bone Builders attendance has grown so quickly that a larger space was needed to conduct classes. “We are extremely grateful to Sugar Loaf Senior Living for generously providing us the room to begin Bone Builders in Winona,” stated Sue Degallier, the program’s coordinator. “We are equally thankful to First Free Church for opening their doors to our growing numbers. It is all a testimony to the spirit of Winona in their striving for better health and seeing the need for active aging.”  

Bone Builders is a nationally recognized osteoporosis prevention and reversal exercise program for men and women of all ages. The program was pioneered in Massachusetts; it is based on several years of academic studies around the effects of weight baring exercises which increase bone density and muscle strength. Other positive effects of regular light exercise can lead to decreased risk of heart disease, improved flexibility, improved mobility, enlightened mood, and better balance which decrease the likelihood of falls. In addition to exercise, class discussion about topics pertaining to health, nutrition, and lifestyle are incorporated into the routine. Common Good RSVP, a service arm of Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona, facilitates these ongoing classes with the help of trained program leaders who volunteer their time in this capacity.

Winona’s Bone Builders will now be offered Monday through Friday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at First Free Church, located in the Winona Mall. All material needed are provided free of charge. If you are planning to attend for the first time, please arrive a little early to complete some necessary paperwork. This spring, a 12-week program called Fit & Strong, with exercises geared especially for those with osteoarthritis, will also be offered. For more information, contact Sue Degallier, Common Good RSVP coordinator, at 507-454-2270, extension 235, or email


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