Friday, August 9, 2013

Strong Women Class Returns for Fall 2013

By 2020, half of all Americans over the age of 50 will have weak bones, creating a higher risk for fractures. One in every five people with a hip fracture ends up in a nursing home. But aging doesn't have mean a decline in physical fitness.

Elk Regional Health Center, working with the Penn State Cooperative Extension and DuBois Regional Medical Center, to bring the Strong Women Program to St. Marys and Emporium again this fall!

We will be holding two free orientation meetings in August:

  • On August 13 at 4 p.m. at the St. Marys Public Library, 127 Center Street in St. Marys
  • On August 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Cameron County Recreation Center, 300 Chestnut Street in Emporium
Come and learn about the Strong Women program!

Classes will be held twice per week for 12 weeks.

In St. Marys, classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the St. Marys Public Library. The morning class will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon class will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In Emporium, classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Cameron County Recreation Center. Classes in Emporium begin on Sept. 3.

Up-to-date nutrition and health information will be included in each session. Cost for participants is $80 ... but if you're registered by August 23, the cost is just $60! Online registration is available by clicking here.
For more information, call Robin Kuleck at the Penn State Cooperative Extension, at (814) 765-7878, extension 2, or email her at

About Strong Women
Developed by Dr. Miriam Nelson at Tufts University, Strong Women is a community-based strength training program that puts scientific research into practical application. Participants see dramatic improvements in age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, and weight gain. The program was specially developed for women 40 years of age and older and is appropriate for women who are sedentary and those who are active.

Strong bones allow movement and protect the body's organs from injury. Strong bones are the result of a healthy diet and exercise. Weakened bones are more difficult to heal and strengthen. Scientific research demonstrates that exercising with weights increases strength, muscle mass, and bone density. Performed just twice per week, strength training can help reverse the physicial changes associated with growing older.