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Roswell Extension office to help women get 'strong' through exercise program

ROSWELL, N.M. - Ladies! It's time to don your sweatbands and break out those dusty hand weights sitting in a dark corner of your closet - the Chaves County Cooperative Extension Service is starting its next cycle of Strong Women, Strong Bones, a 12-week program designed to strengthen muscles, increase bone density and improve balance.

The goal of Strong Women, Strong Bones is to help people prevent or slow down the effects of osteoporosis. Women and men are welcome to join the 12-week program. (Courtesy photo)

Informational meetings about the program are scheduled for April 13 and April 15 in Roswell where interested people can get all the facts they need about the program and sign up to participate.

"The overall goal of this program is to help women increase their strength, muscle mass and bone density, and a sense of better well-being as they age," said Shannon Wooton, a New Mexico State University Extension home economist. "It's a great program and we really have lots of fun - and that helps too."

At the informational meetings, interested people can fill out the necessary paperwork to participate, learn about what clothing to wear to class and what equipment to bring, and see a demonstration of the different exercise moves performed in class. Participants are required to have a doctor's release to be in the class.

Wooton said that during each class, they will do a variety of exercises, from bicep curls and knee extensions to chest presses and squats. Each class will start with warm-up exercises and end with cool-down exercises.

Women - and men - who are middle age or older are encouraged to participate in this free program.

The first informational meeting is at 10 a.m. April 13 at the Senior Circle, located at 2801 N. Main. The second meeting is at 10 a.m. April 15 at the Roswell Adult Center, located at 807 N. Main.

Classes at the Senior Circle will begin April 16 and will be held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Classes at the Roswell Adult Center will start April 20 and classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Wooton said she does have some weights for participants to use but encouraged people to bring their own if they wished.

Anyone with questions about Strong Women, Strong Bones, or to reserve a spot in the program, can contact Wooton at the Extension office at (575) 622-3882 or e-mail swooton@nmsu.edu.