The Penn State Extension StrongWomen program teaches women and men safe strength-building techniques, appreciation for regular physical activity, and proper nutrition.
- Increased muscle mass, strength and balance
- Improved bone density and reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures
- Reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and obesity
- Improved self-confidence, sleep and vitality
August 29, 2011To keep bones strong, we need to eat and drink calcium-rich foods daily to replace calcium used in our bodies. Calcium is also needed for other important body functions. It helps blood to clot and is needed to release insulin that maintains blood sugar levels. Calcium also is necessary for vitamin B12 to be absorbed.
Consider the StrongWomen Program to Improve your Health
August 11, 2011By 2020 half of all Americans over 50 will have weak bones, making us at a higher risk for fractures. One in every five people with a hip fracture ends up in a nursing home. But, increasing age does not necessarily mean a decline in physical fitness thanks to programs like the StrongWomen™ Program. Developed by Dr. Miriam Nelson at Tufts University and delivered by Penn State Extension, this community based strength training program puts scientific research into practical application. Dramatic improvements in age associated conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis and weight gain are being reported as a result of the program.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
May 31, 2011The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 are the best science-based advice on how to eat for health. The Guidelines encourage all Americans to eat a healthy diet and be physically active. Improving what you eat and being active will help to reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and obesity. For more information, go to: • www.DietaryGuidelines.gov • www.ChooseMyPlate.gov • www.Health.gov/paguidelines • www.HealthFinder.gov