‘Strong Women’ courses starting soon at Goosetown

The MSU-Deer Lodge County Extension agent Barbara Andreozzi, a certified Strong Women trainer, will again be offering Strong Women, a 9 week exercise strength training (and nutrition) program for middle-aged and older women and adults.  The program for beginners will start Tuesday, September 24, and run every Tuesday and Thursday through November 21.  Beginners start with the Strong Women Stay Young (SWSY), phase 1 of the program which will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon.  Interested individuals must complete the Strong Women pre-registration forms at least two weeks before the session begins, thus by September 9. The pre-registration forms are available now at the MSU Extension Office on the third floor of the courthouse. The classes will be held at the Goosetown Racket and Health Club in Anaconda.

Individuals, who have completed the Strong Women Stay Young (SWSY) and Strong Women Strong Bones classes, turned in all required paperwork and the evaluation, may sign-up for the Strong Women Strong Bones Booster classes being offered at 10:30 am and at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning September 24.  The noon class will feature lower impact exercised and is appropriate for all Boosters who need some exercises adapted to their special needs.  Strong Women Boosters, who are continuing need to stop by the MSU Deer Lodge County Extension office to update their forms and sign their current medical form, before classes being on September 24.

The Strong Women Program was developed by Miriam Nelson, PhD, a professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. The Strong Women Program is based upon years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of women of all ages.

“Strength is a critical factor in living healthier, more active lives. Our research shows that a program of strength training not only improves bone density, but reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms, and increases flexibility and strength”, states Dr. Nelson. The program is appropriate for both sedentary and very active women.

The program has also documented reduced risk for numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Psychological health is positively affected as well. Strength training has been shown to reduce depression, improve sleep and contributes to a sense of well-being among older individuals.

Tufts University has studied the aging process and how we can maintain strength, dignity and independence as we approach and enjoy the later years of life. Tufts has asked University Extension programs across the nation to facilitate the implementation of the Strong Women Program due to its overwhelming positive health outcomes. Muscle and bone loss are a critical issue for middle aged and older women as they can drastically impact quality of life and independence.

The total Strong Women program includes three phases: Strong Women Stay Young, Strong Women Strong Bones, and Strong Women Booster classes, with a 45 to 50 minute strength training focus, plus a warm-up and cool down. Participants have the option of keeping track of their progress on forms provided, plus must turn in an evaluation at the end of the program.

Pre-registration is required for the course. Participants should bring their own dumbbell weights of 2 lbs, 3 lbs, 5 lbs and leg weights that are adjustable (5 or 10 lb adjustable leg weights) to the classes and pay the class fees of $25 to Goosetown Racket and Health Club.

Zumba Gold and Zumba Gold Toning will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 am, to round-out the exercise needs for improved health.  Barbara is licensed to teach Zumba Basics, Zumba Gold, Zumba Gold-Toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumba Gold-Toning, plus the Zumba emphasis and Core and Glutes, and is a certified Primary and Advanced Personal Trainer.

For more information and to register, call the MSU-Deer Lodge County Extension Office 563-4035.