Several states have StrongWomen Programs, workshops and training sessions in their communities. Developed by Dr. Nelson, an expert in exercise physiology and nutrition, the program has proven that women of any age can have significant health gains from simple strength training exercises. It provides a safe, low-cost, and enjoyable social atmosphere where mid-life and older womenwho might not otherwise take these important steps by themselvescan nurture their physical and emotional selves, she says.
The program has recently received national recognition and support from the United States Department of Agriculture and fits into a nationwide effort known as the National Blueprint: Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults Age 50 and Older. This support will initiate more comprehensive StrongWomen workshops and train more health educators who will help older women get healthier and maintain strength, which Dr. Nelson characterizes as, a benefit for them and for their families and communities.