New Series to be held for StrongWomen Program

CLEARFIELD – On Nov. 29-30, several local women attended StrongWomen™ site leader training at Penn State. Women from Clearfield, Jefferson and Elk counties participated. Three new women were trained and several others received booster updates as a refresher to their previous education.

Locally, more than 500 women have participated and grown stronger by exercising with the StrongWomen™ program during this past year. Penn State Cooperative Extension, Clearfield Hospital and DuBois Regional Medical Center will be offering StrongWomen™, a strength training program for women 40 years of age and older in 11 communities.

Classes will meet twice per week for 12 weeks. Up-to-date nutri­tion and health information will be included with each session. The cost is $70, which can be made payable to PSCE Clearfield County Program Funds. Pre-registration is required and finan­cial assistance is available.

The Brisbin series begin Feb. 13 and will meet Mondays and Wednesdays for 12 weeks at the Brisbin First Church of God.  Two series will be offered meeting at 9 a.m. or 5:15 p.m. Sandy Baughman, Judy Kephart, Ann Berenbrok, Mary Ann Hockman and Mary Kay Peachman will be the StrongWomen™ site leaders. To learn more about the program, attend the informational meeting at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Brisbin First Church of God.

The Clearfield series begin Feb. 4 and will meet Mondays and Wednesdays for 12 weeks in the Multipurpose Room of the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center. Two series will be offered meeting at 3:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.  Caroline Johnson, Gwen Crandell, Barbara Ardary, Nancy Collins and Susan Stiner will be the StrongWomen™ site leaders.  To learn more about the program, attend the in­formational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the CCCTC.

The Curwensville StrongWomen™ Program begins Feb. 18 and will meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 306 Walnut St.  Ronda Stiles and Rhonda Barrett will be the Strong­Women™ site leaders.  An informational meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Fellowship Hall.

The Karthaus series begins Feb. 14 and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for 12 weeks at 6 p.m. at Karthaus Community Alliance Church.  Deb Byron and Leslie McGonigal will be the StrongWomen™ site leaders.  An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Community Alliance Church.

Additional series will be held in DuBois, Reynoldsville, Brookville, St Marys and Emporium.

The StrongWomen™ 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 StrongWomen™ 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,” said Nelson.

The program is appropriate for both sedentary and very active women.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities.

It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination, harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, genetic information, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status and retaliation due to the reporting of discrimination or harassment. Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation against faculty, staff or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University.

Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901, Tel 814-865-4700/V, 814-863-0471/TTY.

Additional information is available by calling Ronda Stiles, Penn State Cooperative Extension at 814-765-7878 or at ; Gette Bardo, Elk Regional Health Center at 814-486-7878 or 814-788-8490 or at ; or Lori Rancik, DRMC at 814-371-9666 at

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