CHH Offering Winter StrongWomen Health Training Program

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is continuing its new series of StrongWomen Strength Training classes, 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. 

The 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. The program aims to help women strengthen muscles, increase bone density, regain bone and muscle and lose fat, and reduce the risk for arthritis, osteoporosis and related fractures. 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.

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.

The next class series begins on Monday, February 19th and runs through April 4th, 2018.  Classes are held at the Litchfield Firehouse, 258 West Street, Litchfield, CT. The fee for entire class of 14 sessions over 7 weeks in total is $85.00. 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.

“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.

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.



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