Ministry Good Samaritan Launches Strong Women Program

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

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.

"This program that has produced tremendous results to participants across the county and we are excited to offer this opportunity to people in our area," said Anne Mathson, foundation and community outreach director at Ministry Good Samaritan. "The 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."

The first session of Strong Women classes in Merrill will begin on October 18 2011 and run each Tuesday and Thursday Evening from 5:30-6:30pm 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 715.536.5042. Additional support for Strong Women is provided by the Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center Foundation.

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