Ministry Good Samaritan Expands Strong Women Program

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in cooperation with the Lincoln County UW-Extension Office is expanding Strong Women, an eight-week exercise program specifically designed for middle-aged and older adults.

After holding the initial series of Strong Women this past fall, Ministry is adding a second class offering during the afternoon.

“Our first offering was filled within weeks and we are excited to offer this additional availability to people in Merrill and Lincoln County,” said Anne Mathson, foundation and community outreach director at Ministry Good Samaritan.

Strong Women is an evidence based strength and exercise program designed to increase muscle mass and strength, improve bone density and reduce risk for osteoporosis and related fractures. In addition, participants will also reduce the risk for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity by living a more healthy and active lifestyle.

The second round of Strong Women classes in Merrill will begin in January. The Afternoon Session will run from 1-2 p.m. starting January 19th and run each Monday and Thursday.

The Evening session will start on January 17th and run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. All classes will be held in the Menard Center on the Campus of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center.

Cost for the program is $20 and advanced registration is requested by calling 715.539.5042. Additional support for Strong Women is provided by the Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center Foundation.

Program developers at Tufts University in Massachusetts have determined that only 7-percent of older women in America participate in strength training exercises. Their research also indicates that after one session of the program, 43-percent of participant’s experienced decreased pain as the result of increased muscle strength and general physical performance.

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