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New Milford Hospital Schedules Strong Women™, Strong Bones Program

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - New Milford, CT

New Milford Hospital is looking for a few good women! The organization will offer the StrongWomen™, Strong Bones Program, a nationally recognized fitness program that provides 7-weeks (2 sessions per week) of exercise for middle-aged and older women at three locations, First Congregational Church of New Milford, The Kent Specialty Care Center and the Brookfield Senior Center. The program is appropriate for most women; however, all participants 70 years of age and older must consult with their physician before beginning this exercise program. Physician referral forms will be provided when registering for the program.

 Exercise focuses on strength training to provide many potential benefits, including arthritis relief, restoration of balance and reduction of falls, strengthening of bones, proper weight maintenance, and improved glucose control. Additionally, such exercise promotes improvements for a healthy state of mind, sleep quality and cardiovascular health.

The cost is $85 for each 7-week session at the following locations and dates:

First Congregational Church in New Milford 

Mondays and Fridays, 10a.m.-11:15 a.m. January 2 through February 17, and March 5 through April 20

The Kent Specialty Care Center

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 – 11:15 am January 4 through February 18, and March 7 through April 21

Brookfield Senior Center

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 – 3:45 pm January 3 through February 16, and March 6 through April 19

We look forward to providing classes at the Senior Center in Washington Depot beginning March 2012.

 These series will be led by Lisa Marie Lee, a certified yoga instructor and massage therapist, who completed the Tufts University StrongWomen training in 2004, and served as a StrongWomen Program leader at Hartford Hospital for several years.

The Strong Women Program was developed by Miriam Nelson, PhD, an associate professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. The Strong Women program is based upon years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of women of all ages. “Strength is a critical factor in living healthier, more active lifestyles. Our research shows that a program of strength training not only improves bone density, but reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms and increases flexibility and strength,” said Dr. Nelson.

For more information and to register for Strong Women, Strong Bones, call 1-800-350-1595 or visit our website at

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is a patient-centered health care organization established in 2010 by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and their affiliated organizations, to provide the highest level of care to patients throughout Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. In addition to the two hospitals, other network affiliates include:

• an integrated physician practice with primary and specialty care expertise

• an agency for home care and community health services

• a full-service retail pharmacy located at Danbury Hospital

• emergency medical services

• an occupational wellness and medicine program, providing services for business and industry

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in Women’s, neonatal, cardiovascular and cancer services; weight loss and orthopedic surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns. For more information, visit

About New Milford Hospital

New Milford Hospital is a Planetree organization dedicated to patient-centered care that nurtures every patient's body, mind and spirit. The Hospital has an extraordinary tradition of warm and caring personal attention backed by top-notch physicians, world-class technology and the newest, most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available. Your healthcare team of highly trained physicians, nurses, technicians and administrators is determined and committed to improving the health and quality of life of those we serve. For more information, visit and share your comments with us

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital is nationally recognized as a tertiary health care center with an innovative high-tech, high-touch environment and is also a member of the Planetree organization. In addition to offering the latest robotic and minimally invasive surgical and imaging technology, it was the first hospital in Connecticut to adopt electronic health records systems. It offers a Level II Trauma Center and Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Medical staff members are board-certified in their specialties, and most serve as faculty members of the nation’s finest university medical centers offering a higher level of experience. For more information, visit and share your comments with us at