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A 6-MONTH PROGRAM FOR WOMEN WITH OSTEOPOROSIS WAS HELD IN SOFIA
28.04.2022
In the period October 2021 April 2022, a free Happy Bones therapy for women diagnosed with osteoporosis was held in Sofia. The therapy aimed to strengthen their general condition and improve their physical activity. More than 20 ladies from the capital joined the program, and due to the specifics of the period, some of them took part in person, and some of them joined online. The next planned activity within the initiative is a free training of 20 instructors under the "Happy Bones program physical activity for people with osteoporosis, which will take place on June 26, 2022. The registration is now available on the website of the Bulgarian sports development association.

Considering the needs to encourage osteopenic/osteoporotic patients to practise physical activity and to train health professionals on how to encourage them, the HAPPY BONES project objectives are:
To develop and promote an innovative osteoporosis exercise protocol for osteopenic/osteoporotic sedentary women aged 50-65 to involve them in a moderate exercise and as a consequence, to increase their quality of life (in physiological and psychological terms);
To train coaches and experts in physical education with specific skills in the participating countries in order to standardize the osteoporosis exercise protocol and make it transferable and replicable also in other contexts and countries. The training will be organized using the train the trainers methodology in order to trigger a cascade effect and involve more operators in the sector;
To compare the drop out and the adherence to the training protocol in the two different environments (workplace and Sport Association) in order to understand which is the best solution to promote regular physical activity. By adhering to the project, the employer gets involved in the health of its employees and at the same time, adopts measures to reduce the indirect costs generated by the hours of absence caused by the possible risks due to pathology.

In Bulgaria, the therapy was conducted by sports experts, who will conduct the further training in Sofia, as they themselves underwent training in adapted therapy for physical activity of women diagnosed with osteoporosis, organized by Foro Italico University in Rome.
Valentina Nedeva (MVJ SPORT)
Valentina was a competitor and sports dance coach. She is a graduate coach at the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski" in Sports Dance, Sports Journalism and Sports Pedagogy. She was a professional dancer and choreographer in the TV shows "Dancing stars", "Dance with me" on BTV and "The best years of our lives" on BNT. Licensed instructor in Zumba fitness, Kangoo Jumps and Aerobics. Valentina is part of the first Bulgarian team under the Dancing with health project. The program is a dance therapy for women with breast cancer. It was developed at the Foro Italico University in Rome, Italy.

Ivelina Dimitrova (Class for your back)
Ivelina Dimitrova is a graduated kinesitherapist, PhD student at NSA "Vasil Levski" and part-time lecturer in kinesitherapy at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski and NSA. She is a professional kinesitherapist with extensive practical experience, who has always served as a basis for her experimental work in the field of kinesitherapy and rehabilitation. She is the creator of the adapted methodology for corrective gymnastics Class for your back, which applies tested, experimented and applied in practice own methods and sets of exercises aimed at the problems of the spine and the body as a whole.
Ivelina is part of the first Bulgarian team under the Dancing with health project. The program is a dance therapy for women with breast cancer. It was developed at the Foro Italico University in Rome, Italy.

The project is co-funded under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission.