New ‘Strong Women’ Series Offered

CLEARFIELD – Penn State Cooperative Extension and Clearfield Hospital will be offering StrongWomen, a strength training program for women 40 years of age and older. Classes will meet twice a week for 12 weeks. Participants will need to provide their own weights. Up-to-date nutrition and health information will be included with each session. The cost is $50.00, (payable to PSCE Clfd. Co. Program Funds). Pre-registration is required. Financial assistance is available.

Not sure what strength training is and whether or not you could benefit from this exercise? Attend one of the informational meetings: In Clearfield, the informational session will be on Jan. 15, 5 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Multi Service Center, 650 Leonard Street. And in Brisbin, this meeting will be held on Jan. 14 at 5:15 p.m. at the Brisbin First Church of God, Route 153. In Philipsburg, this meeting will be held on Jan. 21, 1:00 p.m. at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Parish Hall; and also on Jan. 21 in DuBois at the Adrian Sandy Fire Company #3, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The StrongWomen Program was developed by Miriam Nelson, PhD, 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,” states Nelson. The program is appropriate for both sedentary and very active women.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Andrea Bressler in advance of your participation or visit. Additional information is available by calling Andrea Bressler, Penn State Cooperative Extension at 765-7878; or email at; or Amy Dixon, Clearfield Hospital at 768-2285.

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