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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2007

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska and SEARHC Injury Prevention programs are offering a StrongWomen instructor course on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6-7, at the SEARHC Sitka campus.

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The course combines classroom and hands-on instruction, as students learn how to teach the national StrongWomen course curriculum. While designed for women, the course can be adapted for coed instruction. It is a gentle strength-training program, designed specifically for adults of all ages (including elders). The course has a host of benefits, restoring balance and reducing falls, strengthening bones, improving glucose control, and helping in weight management.

Potential instructors from outlying communities in Southeast Alaska are encouraged to apply, and preference will be given to teaching teams. Full scholarships are available that include tuition, travel and lodging. Available class space is competitive, and all potential instructors are asked to submit a scholarship application regardless of their travel assistance needs. Scholarship applications are due by Wednesday. Applicants will be notified by Aug. 17.

Each StrongWomen course lasts 12 weeks and meets two times a week, which is why having a teaching partner is encouraged. To obtain an application, contact Gretchen Clarke at 966-8629 or by e-mail at gretchen.clarke@searhc.org, or contact SEARHC Community Injury Prevention Coordinator Amiee LeBlanc-Gloe at 966-8866 or amiee.gloe@searhc.org. For more information about the national StrongWomen program, go to http://www.strongwomen.com/fitness.htm.

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