This program includes a series of one-hour sessions, twice a week for 12 weeks. Trained program site leaders guide participants through safe and effective exercises using free and ankle weights. Pre- and post-assessments document strength, balance and flexibility changes resulting from gradual increases in the amount of weight lifted. Fact sheets and facilitated discussions reinforce making lifestyle changes.
With half of all residents over age fifty at risk for life-threatening fractures from osteoporosis, older Pennsylvanians need to make dramatic changes in their diets and lifestyles. StrongWomen program participants gradually improve their physical and emotional health and reduce their susceptibility to osteoporosis and other age-related ailments.