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Light weights help increase upper-arm strength among the women who participate in the local Bone Builders program at the Willmar City Auditorium. Many of the women report improvements in bone density scores and an increased sense of well-being. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Willmar, Minn., exercise program nets results as it looks to slow osteoporosis

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WILLMAR -- For the past three years, Sandy Rumney, 72, has been going to an exercise class twice a week to strengthen her bones.

It's paying off. Not only has it helped her stay active, but it also has resulted in measurable improvement in her bone density.

"I've fallen a few times and I definitely think I would have broken something if it hadn't been for this," Rumney said.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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