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.


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Pondera Medical Center Memory Walk Gardens

The Pondera Medical Center partnered with the Conrad Garden Club, Conrad High School Horticulture Class, Conrad High School FFA and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to develop raised garden beds. PMC and its partners created Memory Walk Gardens to foster a space where young and old alike can come together to play, exercise, reflect and grow.PMC logo

This project began in May of 2012 and was completed in December of 2012. The gardens have generated a large amount of support  from both those living and working at the Pondera Medical Center (PMC), families, Conrad High School students and the community. Originally the gardens were just raised beds. However, volunteers rebuilt the in-ground raised beds constructed by the FFA so that they are now mobile. Each bed sits on wheels and can be rolled all over the patio, creating more accessibility for the PMC residents. Soaker hoses were also fixed to the beds to facilitate easier watering. A different group of volunteers made small planters with castor wheels. The Conrad High School Horticulture Class donated vegetable plant starters for the raised beds and assisted in planting the hanging baskets for the patio.

PMC residents spent the summertime hours watching and helping the garden grow. They were able to sample lettuce, basil, tomatoes and carrots as well as cut flowers from the patio area. The residents used the peppers and tomatoes from the garden to make fresh salsa. The leaves from the rhubarb plants were used for some fun arts and crafts projects. PMC residents made leaf impressions in cement mixtures and formed bird baths and stepping-stones for the garden.