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TRAINING ON PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN OSTEOPOROSIS WAS HELD IN PERNIK
19.07.2022
On July 19, 2022, in the Specialized Hospital for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation, Pernik, a training on physical activity in osteoporosis was held, in which the health specialists working in the medical facility participated. The event was held at the invitation of Emil Nenkov, manager of the specialized hospital, and after the current event, patients diagnosed with osteoporosis will have the opportunity to benefit from the program. Considering the needs to encourage osteopenic/osteoporotic patients to practice physical activity and to train health professionals on how to encourage them, the HAPPY BONES project aims to develop and promote an innovative exercise protocol for osteoporosis for osteopenic/osteoporotic, sedentary individuals aged 50-65 years, to engage them in moderate exercise and as a consequence, to increase their quality of life (physiologically and psychologically). In the period October 2021 April 2022, a free Happy Bones therapy for women diagnosed with osteoporosis was held in Sofia, in which 24 ladies participated in. The program provided an opportunity to test in practice a protocol that ensures the quality physical activity for the target group.

The training experts of the event were sports specialists from Bulgaria who conducted a pilot adapted therapy for the country Valentina Nedeva and Ivelina Dimitrova. In the autumn of 2021 they underwent training on adapted therapy for physical activity of women diagnosed with osteoporosis, organized by the University Foro Italico 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 Happy Bones project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission.