HOPE (Highmark Osteoporosis Prevention & Education) Program

Date: 01/18/2012

HOPE is an interactive wellness and lifestyle improvement program that focuses on healthy choices to improve bone health and prevent or manage osteoporosis including nutrition, exercise, stress management, supplementation and other lifestyle habits.  HOPE takes a comprehensive look at bone health and osteoporosis prevention through a combination of educational lectures, self-study, goal setting components and group exercise using stretch bands.  One class each week will be a guest lecturer and discussion and one class will consist of group exercise using stretch bands. There is no charge for Highmark Insurance and Gateway Insurance members with a minimal charge for others.

Classes are held three times per year at the Jameson Hospital North Campus, 1211 Wilmington Avenue, New Castle, PA.

Dates:  Feb. 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, March 2, 5, 9 from 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm in the first floor Cafeteria Dining Room #2

Dates:  June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm in the School of Nursing Auditorium

Dates:  October 3, 10, 17, 24 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm in the School of Nursing Auditorium

Anita Chapman, RN of the Community and Staff Education Program oversees the HOPE classes along with guest lecturers.  Chapman said, “Osteoporosis is sometimes called a silent disease.  Bone health is important in that one in four men and one in two women age 50 and older will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.”  She further added that bone density tests are recommended in post-menopausal women.

Jameson has offered the HOPE program since 2006 with one session per year.  We now offer three sessions per year to accommodate the increase in participation. 

Pre registration is required by calling Jameson Hospital Community and Staff Education at 724-656-4270.  For more information, visit our website www.jamesonhealth.org/nutrition-and-wellness-programs.