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Strong Women Wyoming leader training is Oct. 4

Wyoming

Encouraging middle- and senior-aged women and men to overhaul their overall health--especially in osteoporosis prevention--is the focus of a train-the-trainer session Oct. 4 in Casper.

The Strong Women leader training session is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Resource Learning Center at 2011 Fairgrounds Road. The workshop is presented by the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service with Colorado State University Extension, said UW Extension Nutrition and Food Safety Educator Christine Pasley.

"Studies show 80 percent of people with osteoporosis are women, and 20 percent are men," Pasley said. "We joke that the program is for women and a few good men."

Professional and community leaders working with non-profits and interested in public health, nutrition and exercise or wellness are encouraged to attend. There is a $150 fee for the training, and registration is due by Sept. 20.

The program strengthens muscles and bones and encourages flexibility and balance, said Pasley, who taught classes in Platte County. "If you build a little bone each year as opposed to losing it, you greatly reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis," she said.

Pasley patterned her classes after the Strong Bones program started by Tufts University in Medford, Mass., in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She said strength training for mid-life and older women increases muscle mass and strength, provides bone density, reduces the risk for osteoporosis and related fractures, and reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity.

For more information, contact Pasley at 307-322-3667 or at chrisp@uwyo.edu, or Shirley Perryman at CSU at 970-491-2404 or at shirley.perryman@colostate.edu.



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