Profile of the Week: Strong Women

Strong Women

The primary objective of the StrongWomen™ Program is to help communities nationwide to implement safe and  effective strength training programs for midlife and older women.

Women begin to show decline in muscle mass beginning at age 30 and if this condition is not reversed, women will have reduced strength and other severe consequences as they age. Women need to maintain a healthy level of muscle mass at all ages for optimal health through weight lifting two or more times per week,  but only 17.5% of women meet these recommendations. The Strong Women program, developed by Tufts University, is designed for women to increase muscle strength by strength training for 2-3 sessions per week for fourteen weeks. This strength training program is now being offered through MSU Extension offices in Montana, and the results have been inspiring.  Participation, improved functional strength and balance, and a strong sense of camaraderie and achievement are positive outcomes for Montana’s rural women. These trainings are conducted by Extension educators who have been certified to teach Strong Women programs.

About Strong Women:
The StrongWomen™  program is an evidence-based strength training program developed by the staff of  the Hancock Center at the Friedman School at Tufts University. The primary objective of the StrongWomen™ Program is to help communities nationwide to implement safe and  effective strength training programs for midlife and older women.

Who should attend trainings:
* Professional and community leaders who are working with a non-profit and are interested in the fields of public health, nutrition and exercise or wellness should attend.

* Potential program leaders should be regularly lifting weights/strength training, be in good physical health, and be able to collaborate with local agencies or organizations to provide the Strong Women program in their community.


For a list of all locations and contact information, click here


Chippewa Cree Wellness Center

In February 2006, the Chippewa Cree Wellness Center was created in conjunction with the Rocky Boy Clinic.

One goal of the Chippewa Cree Wellness Center is to coordinate and create more prevention and health related activities for the entire community. The new exercise facility offers an Olympic sized swimming pool, basketball court, aerobic and fitness classes, saunas, workout equipment, and much more.

The Rocky Boy Clinic and the Chippewa Cree Wellness work together on a variety of health and wellness events such as the Diabetic and Pre-Diabetic Program. An individual is referred from the clinic if they are at high risk for diabetes or have diabetes. The Wellness Center offers a three month Pre-Diabetic Program. This program helps motivate participants by offering incentives such as water bottles, Nike gear, gift certificates, shoes, and other items. Through the diabetic programs, individuals will receive nutrition information and develop healthy exercise patterns.

The Wellness Center offers many different programs for their community. They even host separate women’s and men’s nights a few times during the week. The Wellness Center also holds regular basketball games. During the summer, the Chippewa Cree Wellness hosts a variety of events for young adults to promote healthy, active lifestyles. Along with offering the group fitness classes, the staff offers a swimming program to help teach children how to swim and to help advance the skill levels of current swimmers. The wellness center also offers a variety of basketball camps for children and adults of all ages and skill levels.

The Chippewa Cree tribe is very proud of their Wellness Center, and they offer their services for free. The Wellness Center wants everyone to benefit from efforts. The participants at local Powwows and rodeos are invited to use the facilities. The Wellness Center director, Mike Sangrey, could not count the number of compliments the center has received. The staff works very hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy the same quality and services the Chippewa Cree Wellness Centers offers today.