Teton County Chosen for Exciting New Strength Training Study

Teton County has been selected as one of  six locations in Montana to participate in an exciting collaborative research study, Strong People Strength Training Program: A Community Based Randomized Trial. In this study, we will be examining the effects of a twice-weekly strength training program on health, including heart disease and diabetes, as well as the  functional fitness, of midlife and older adults.  We are very pleased to be able to be part of this important research.

Half of the individuals recruited from Teton County will be randomly selected to receive the Strong People Strength Training Program this fall and the other half of individuals recruited will receive the program in January 2020 . This program will meet twice per week.  The current plan is to meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Choteau Baptist Church, near the Choteau School. If needed, the time/location will be changed to the most preferred time determined by participants, for one hour each time, for approximately 3 months. Participants will learn and practice good progressive strength training for improved individual health.  

We are seeking men and women 50 and over, who would like to be more active and increase their strength.  Participants can earn up to $60 for completing the study and will be given blood results and physical activity assessment results after the study ends.  To see if you qualify or to learn more about the study, contact Jane Wolery MSU Extension Educator in Teton County at 466-2492 or text 590-2492 or email jane.wolery@montana.edu.

Strong People Strenth Training is a research study developed and funded by Cornell University.  Cornell has partnered with Montana State University Extension Educators to deliver the program at no cost to the community.  If the study shows beneficial results, it may be made available to a wider audience and may be made available to other rural communities around the nation.  Montana State Extension and your community are helping lead the way in what could prove to be a very exciting breakthrough in disease prevention in rural areas throughout the country.