CHH Offers New Strong Women Health Training Program

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is now offering access to StrongWomen Strength Training, a specialized nationally recognized program developed specifically for women by Miriam Nelson, PhD, an associate professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

StrongWomenLogoThe classes are specifically designed for midlife aged women and older who have been active or relatively sedentary for the past few years and are interested in improving their health and vitality. The program includes research-based, low-key exercises using simple equipment and personal, motivational support in a nurturing group environment. It’s simple, fun and makes participants experience increased strength, muscle tone, and an overall sense of well-being.

“I am so pleased to offer this program in collaboration with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and look forward to assisting women in our community maintain a strong and healthy lifestyle. Participants in our classes not only feel better about themselves but develop a camaraderie that is really enjoyable.” Said Certified Instructor Veronica Kleeman.

The program aims to help women strengthen muscles, increase bone density, regain bone and muscle and lose fat, reduce the risk for osteoporosis and related fractures, and improve arthritis and diabetes systems. Strength training offers physical, mental and emotional benefits including increased muscle mass and strength, improved bone density, reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures, reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity, improved self-confidence, sleep and vitality and improved balance.

Research conducted by Dr. Miriam Nelson and her colleagues at the Tufts University Nutrition Research Center on Aging has shown that women from age 35 on can start to lose one-quarter to one-third pound of muscle each year – and gain that much or more in fat. At first the change isn’t very noticeable, but over time the loss of 2 percent of strength per year results in muscle weakness and difficulty in moving. When this happens, women slow their activities, become weaker, gain more weight and begin a devastating cycle of dieting and weight gain rebound, which leads to more muscle mass loss and a sedentary and dependent lifestyle.

Classes are taught by certified instructor Veronica Kleeman and meet TWO times a week on Mondays and Wednesdays for a total of 14 total times in seven consecutive weeks. Each Class lasts one and a half hours and includes a 5 minute warm up, 8 to 12 strength training exercises to promote proper body awareness, positioning, flexibility and posture, and 5 minute cool down.

Classes are held at “Tavern Off The Green” at The Litchfield Inn, 432 N Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT. The fee for Entire Class of 14 sessions in total is $85.00.

The next class series begins on Monday, September 11th. Participants can join a class series at any time for a reduced price.

For class times, information and registration, please contact Veronica Kleeman at 860-567-4384

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.




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