StrongWomen Programs

StrongWomen Healthy Hearts Program. Nationally, more women than men die from heart disease every year. In New Mexico, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men. Heart disease is categorized as a chronic disease. Chronic diseases add to escalating medical costs and generate significant costs due to absenteeism and decreased productivity in the workplace. Although some chronic diseases are unavoidable, it has been recognized for many years that keeping healthy is a primary prevention technique. The leading preventable behavioral causes of chronic disease include lack of adequate physical activity, and poor nutrition. Programs are offered so that chronic diseases do not develop in the first place.

Current Locations & Contacts

StrongWomen Strong Bones Program. 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 StrongWomen 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.

Current Locations & Contacts

1. De Baca County, 575-355-2381
2. Los Alamos County, 575-662-2665
3. Luna County, 575-546-8806
4. Rio Arriba County, 505-685-4523

Related Extension Resources

Extension How-To Publications

Guide I-101: Physical Activity and You (Adults)

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