StrongPeople™ (also known as StrongWomen™) is an exercise program developed at Tufts University in 2003 by Dr. Miriam Nelson. The program was originally created to increase the number of women participating in safe and effective strength training programs throughout the United States and abroad. StrongPeople™ envisions a diverse community of individuals who are fit, strong, and healthy; in turn, these empowered individuals become agents of change for their families, communities, and beyond.
StrongPeople™ seeks to:
- Create, evaluate, and sustain transformative community-based nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention programs and civic engagement initiatives that include relevant policy, system, and environmental (PSE) changes, with the goal of promoting a culture of health and supporting health equity.
- Conduct innovative, translational research including community-based interventions and dissemination research with at-risk populations and in underserved settings.
StrongPeople™ Is Out There
Extension Family and Community Health support 21 groups of StrongPeople™ programs across 9 counties in Oregon and Southern Washington.
Sixty leaders have been trained to deliver StrongPeople™, exposing 455 participants to evidence-based physical activity opportunities.
Watch this brief video highlighting the StrongPeople™ program.
Explore videos of an introductory and intermediate level StrongPeople™ class, as well various stretches and exercises that target the strength and mobility of the body.
Keeping Oregonians Active
Programs like StrongPeople™ have helped keep local communities active during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about the physical and social benefits of the program in this April 2020 article.