New Milford Hospital will offer a Strong Women, Strong Bones Program, a nationally recognized fitness program for middle-aged and older women, in the coming months.

Three sessions will meet twice a week for seven weeks at sites in the Greater New Milford area.

The program is appropriate for most women; however, those 70 and older must consult with their physician before beginning the exercise program.

Physician referral forms will be provided when

registering for the


Exercises will focus 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.

Classes will meet Mondays and Fridays from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 7 to Feb. 22 and Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Jan. 8 to April 22 and March 5 to April 19 at the First Congregational Church at 36 Main St. in New Milford; Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Jan. 7 to Feb. 20 and March 4 to April 17 at the Washington Senior Center in Bryan Memorial Plaza in Washington; and Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 8 to Feb. 23 and March 5 to April 20 at the Kent Specialty Care Center, 46 Maple St. in Kent.

The cost is $85 per seven-week session; the fee is prorated if someone joins midseason.

For more information and registration, call 800-350-1595 or visit