Oneida County StrongBodies Program
StrongBodies follows the guidelines of StrongWomen™, an evidence-based strength training program developed by Miriam Nelson, a professor at Tuft’s University, and her colleagues. Nelson developed the program using scientific research to show the impact of strength training programs on older women. She has written several books including “Strong Women Stay Young,” from which the program is based. The StrongWomen™ program is widely used throughout the country, including several active programs throughout Wisconsin.
Although the StrongBodies program targets mid-life to older women, it is not exclusively for women, according to Richie.
“Men are able to join in and reap the benefits of the progressive resistance training, balance training, and flexibility exercises that the program offers,” Richie said. Richie added that exercises can be modified to meet the needs of every individual, regardless of ability level.
The benefits of strength training have been studied extensively through the StrongWomen™ program, Richie said. These include increased muscle mass and strength; improved bone density and reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures; reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and obesity; and improved self-confidence, sleep and vitality.
Participants of the StrongBodies class at the Oneida County Senior Center have seen their balance, flexibility, and strength improve in just the first 12 week session. One participant stated, “I improved in all areas and it was worth it! I am better able to walk up the stairs and getting up from chairs is much easier. I even walk faster. I will now be able to stay in my split level home much longer.”
Oneida County Senior Center – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am – Call for session start dates
Minocqua Public Library – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm – 2019 Spring Session starts February 4, 2019.
For more information, contact:
Sara Richie, Health & Well-being Extension Educator