StrongPeople Living Well

An Aerobic Exercise & Healthy Eating Program

StrongPeople Living Well is a healthy living curriculum that aims to help midlife and older adults reduce their risk of obesity and chronic diseases through fitness and nutrition education.

The curriculum is designed for midlife and older (40+) adults who currently get very little or no exercise. Each class lasts approximately 1 hour. Half of class includes leader-directed discussion around healthy eating and hands-on cooking activities. The curriculum emphasizes an eating pattern that is rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat or nonfat dairy, fish, whole grains, and legumes; it encourages leaner meats and poultry, and fewer refined carbohydrates. During the other half of class, participants engage in aerobic activity by walking outside or dancing to a DVD. Over the course of the program, the aerobic activity progresses from approximately 15 minutes of low-to-moderate intensity physical activity (plus 5 minutes of gentle stretching) to 25 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (plus stretching). StrongPeople Living Well is designed to be taught two days per week for 12 weeks.