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Published on July 02, 2018

Gundersen St. Joseph's Strong Bodies

StrongBodies™ launches summer session

Due to popular demand, the Healthy Neighbors Coalition has launched a summer session of their popular evidence-based strength training program designed for middle-aged and older adults.

StrongBodies™ Summer Session is a 6-week exercise program which includes progressive weight training, flexibility, balance and nutritional advice. Research shows that a program such as StrongBodies™ improves bone density, reduces fall risk, improves arthritis, increases flexibility and range of motion. Classes will be offered twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 9 in the Hillsboro High School boardroom.

The StrongBodies Program was developed by Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. The StrongBodies Program is based upon years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of women of all ages. "Strength is a critical factor in living healthier, more active lives. Our research shows that a program of strength training not only improves bone density but reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms, and increases flexibility and strength," states Dr. Nelson.  The program is appropriate for both sedentary and active adults.

For more information and to register, contact Cheryl Vulstek, director of quality and education at Gundersen St. Joseph's at (608) 489-8116. The 6-week program costs $18/person $27/couple.

The Healthy Neighbors Coalition is a group of local organizations that focus on promoting healthy habits, exercise and wellness. The coalition consists of members from the Vernon County Unit on Aging, Hillsboro School District, Wonewoc-Union Center School District, Hillsboro County Market, city of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Police Department, Hillsboro Lions Club, Wonewoc Lions Club, The Good Samaritan Thrift Store and Food Pantry and Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics.

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