A four-week session of free strength-training classes will be offered in Delta Junction beginning Jan. 10. The classes are based on the StrongWomen program developed by Miriam Nelson at Tufts University.
The program is designed for midlife to older Alaskans. Through scientific research, Nelson demonstrated that strength training can increase strength and muscle mass and improve balance. Strength training can reduce the risk for chronic diseases and has also been shown to reduce depression and contribute to a sense of well-being.
The Delta Junction district office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the one-hour classes at its office Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. for four weeks. The class will be free for now and class size will be limited. Depending on one’s health issues, individuals may need a doctor’s note to participate.