The StrongWomen Program is a national evidence-based community exercise and nutrition program targeted to midlife and older women developed based on research conducted by Dr. Miriam Nelson and colleagues at Tufts University.
In 1989 Dr. Miriam Nelson and colleagues received a National Institutes of Health research grant to examine how strength training might affect bone density and risk factors for osteoporosis for women midlife and older. The year-long study of postmenopausal sedentary women aged 50 and older were randomized into two groups - half of the women continued their normal pattern of sedentary living and the other half participated in a progressive strength training program twice per week. Over the year, the sedentary group lost strength, lean tissue, and bone density, became more sedentary, and gained body fat. By contrast, the group that strength-trained gained muscle, experienced improvements in balance and bone density at the hip and spine, and lost body fat. The study, which was the first study to show that women in midlife and older could strength train at a high intensity and become more youthful over time, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1994.
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