Friday, February 01, 2013

"Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" Program Offered in Springfield Starting March 4; Registration Needed by Feb. 27

University of Missouri Extension will offer "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy," a 10-week exercise program designed for middle-aged and older adults, starting March 4 at the Greene County MU Extension Center inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield.

The classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. The first class is 90 minutes (to allow time for assessments) and subsequent classes will last about 60 minutes. All classes will be on Mondays from March 4 to May 13.

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 Feb. 27 and there is a $25 cost to the program. For more information or to enroll, contact the Greene County MU Extension at (417) 881-8909.


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