Friday, September 07, 2012

"Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" Program Offered in Hermitage Starting Sept. 24

University of Missouri Extension will offer "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy," a 10-week exercise program designed for men and women over age 40, starting Sept. 24 at the Hickory County MU Extension Center, 203 Cedar St. beside the Hickory County Health Department in Hermitage.

The classes will begin at 10 a.m. The first class is 90 minutes (to allow time for orientation) and other classes will be 60 minutes. All classes will be on Mondays from Sept. 24 to Dec.3. There will be no class Oct.29.

The "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" program was developed by Tufts University and is designed to help middle-aged and older adults improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

According to research conducted by Tufts, strength training improves bone density, can help reduce falls, improves arthritis symptoms, increases flexibility in middle-aged and older adults and can lead to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

"The class is a great way for middle-aged and older adults to improve their strength, balance and flexibility," said Christeena Haynes, nutrition and health education specialist, University of Missouri Extension. “The exercises are low-impact/low weight and all the necessary equipment is provided.”

The program is limited to 15 participants. Registration is needed by Wednesday Sept. 19 and there is a $35 cost to the program. For more information or to enroll, contact the Hickory County MU Extension at (417) 745-6767.


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