HEALTH LIST: Bone Builders ... Free autism screeningHere are some health-enhancing opportunities for you and your family
By: Pamela Knudson, Grand Forks Herald
Here are some health-enhancing opportunities for you and your family:
An informational meeting for those interested in a Bone Builders class is set for 2 p.m. June 5 at the Good Samaritan Heritage Grove, 2122 River Road NW, East Grand Forks.
Bone Builders is aimed at increasing bone density through the use of hand and ankle weights. The focus is on stretching, balance, weight-bearing exercise and health education.
Open to men and women of all ages, the free class is expected to begin in early July, according to Tammy Sykes, program coordinator. It is especially designed to benefit people over 50 by improving muscle strength and balance.
The Bone Builders class which meets twice weekly at the East Grand Forks Senior Citizens Center is full and has a waiting list, Sykes said, prompting the startup of a second class in that city.
Launched in Crookston in 2007, Bone Builders has expanded to 28 other communities and has enrolled more than 500 participants, she said. Trained RSVP volunteers lead the class in each community.
For more information, contact Sykes at (218) 281-8289 or email@example.com, or Erica Hamre, RSVP director, at (218) 281-8288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bone Builders is sponsored by RSVP of the Red River Valley, based at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
Free autism screening
Altru Health System will offer free autism screening for children of all ages from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 at the Altru Rehabilitation Center in Grand Forks.
The screening clinic allows parents to have their child assessed by members of a multi-disciplinary team of all in one day, rather than at several, scattered appointments. The team consists of a pediatrician, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and social workers.
Early detection of autism contributes to more effective treatment while decreasing the likelihood of developmental problems later in life, said Diane Gunderson, manager of physical medicine and therapy services and specialty clinics.
“This specialty clinic is designed for that purpose,” she said in an Altru news release. “If we help ease one parent’s mind, then this clinic has done its job.”
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Tiffani Peterson at (701) 780-2481.
Call Knudson at (701) 780-1107; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1107; or send e-mail to email@example.com.