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

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Florence Get Outdoors Day

National Get Outdoors Day in Florence

Saturday June 8th 2013

9:00 to Noon at Hideout Mountain at the Florence Park

“GO Day” Clinics for Children and Adults including bicycling, hiking, tennis, fishing and more!


Florence, Montana hosts an annual event to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day and bolster the citizens’ interest in physical activity as well as highlight the wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities that Florence has to offer.

For more information, please visit:

http://bitterrootexpress.com/

Or contact: Roger and Sharon DiBrito

Volunteers:  Florence Civic Club

406-273-6458

National Get Outdoors Day Information

“Participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are again teaming up to host the 6th annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. On Saturday, June 8, 2013, these diverse partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.

Each GO Day event will offer a mix of information centers and “active fun” areas – places where guests, and especially kids, can use a fishing pole, go geocaching, help pitch a tent and more. The sites will provide photo opportunities with characters like Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and other interesting creatures. Many sites also feature areas that focus on other aspects of healthy living, including sustainability and good nutrition. In addition to the GO Day events, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events occurring throughout the summer, which include introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife, kayaking and rafting and much more.

The pilot effort of National Get Outdoors Day was launched on June 14, 2008. Building on the success of More Kids in the Woods and other important efforts to connect Americans – and especially children – with nature and active lifestyles, the USDA Forest Service (FS) and the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) agreed to lead an inclusive, nationwide effort focusing on a single day when people would be inspired and motivated to get outdoors. GO Day partnered with federal, state and local agencies, key enthusiast organizations and recreation businesses to create a healthy, fun day of outdoor adventure aimed at reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting children to the outdoors. Last year, 138 official GO Day sites across the nation welcomed thousands of new faces to the joy and benefits of the great outdoors.”

http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/about/

 

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Bitterroot Baby Run & Stroller Stampede

This is an annual event held in Hamilton, MT to celebrate that start of World Breastfeeding Week.  It was held on July 28th this year and was funded by sponsorships from local physicians as well as businesses. Events included a 5k and 1-mile (Kids run/walk). Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition has partnered with South Valley Child and Family Center to host this event.

This project is our annual celebration of world breastfeeding week.  This event is generally held the last weekend in July and is about 4 hours long.  We chose a fun run because it offers families a positive and empowering way to show their support for breastfeeding in our community.  We have tried hard to make this affordable for families as well as accommodating by encouraging strollers, walking or running. This year, approximately 50 adults and children came out to show their support for breastfeeding in our community.

For additional details, visit us online at www.bitterrootbreastfeedingcoalition.org or find us on Facebook under Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition.

You may also contact Mary Vermillion, President of Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition at:

(406)880-2551
bitterrootbreastfeeding@gmail.com
215 s 7th Street, Hamilton, MT 59840
 
or Vice President, Sheehan Ednie-Rosen
bitterrootbreastfeeding@gmail.com
322 B Street, South Victor, MT 59875
 

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Bitterroot Breastfeeding Packet

The Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition’s goal is to provide accurate, up to date, and consistent breastfeeding information to all women birthing in Ravalli County.  Packets are distributed through Marcus Daly Hospital as well as local home birth midwives.

We started by providing 200 breastfeeding information packets and serve 210 participants annually. Initially, our goal was to provide new baby bags for all women birthing in Ravalli County as both a vessel for providing accurate and consistent breastfeeding information and to offer an alternative to free formula marketing bags currently being distributed by our local hospital to women.  During the planning stages of this project we found it was cost prohibitive to provide an entire bag and Marcus Daly Hospital coincidentally decided to start making their own new baby bags so instead we used the funds we had to make packets that could be added to their bags.  We have provided the hospital and local midwives with 200 packets and plan to continue to provide them as long as we can.  This has been a wonderful way for us to work in partnership with both the hospital and midwives to provide continuity for the women of Ravalli County.

For more information about the Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition, go to www.bitterrootbreastfeedingcoalition.org  or find them on Facebook at Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition.

You may also contact Mary Vermillion, President of Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition at:

(406)880-2551
bitterrootbreastfeeding@gmail.com
215 s 7th Street, Hamilton, MT 59840
 
Or Vice President, Sheehan Ednie-Rosen
bitterrootbreastfeeding@gmail.com
322 B Street, South Victor, MT 59875