Strong Women Strong Bones
Fall injury is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death and the leading cause of injury hospitalization in New Mexico. These injuries particularly impact older adults. The most effective strategies for prevention of older adult falls include physical activity that focuses on maintenance of strength and balance. Benefits of strength training include: increased muscle mass and strength, improved bone density and reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures, and reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and obesity.
The Strong Women Strong Bones Program is designed to help communities implement safe and effective strength training programs for mid-life and older individuals. Programs are arranged and offered through county extension agents who occasionally partner with community health providers/professionals. They are open to all community members. Men are invited to attend and some counties do have men participating in the on-going activities.