Friday, April 05, 2013

MU Extension Offering “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy” Exercise Program for Adults in Forsyth Starting April 23

Contact: Renette Wardlow, human development specialist
Tel: (417) 581-3558

University of Missouri Extension be offering “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy,” a ten-session exercise program designed for older adults starting April 23 in the basement of the Forsyth Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main Street, Forsyth. The first and last class last will start at 10 a.m. and continue until noon to allow time for a brief orientation to the program and health assessments. The remaining classes start at 10:30 a.m. and last about an hour.

The program, developed by Tufts University, is designed to help older adults improve strength, flexibility and balance. According to research conducted by Tufts, strength training improves bone density, can help reduce falls, improve arthritis symptoms, increase flexibility in older adults and can lead to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

The exercises are low-impact/low weight. All needed equipment is provided during the class.

“If you have been thinking about signing up for an exercise program this class is a great way for older adults to learn some basics and get develop a routine. Past participants reported that they noted a definite change in their strength, balance and flexibility,” said Renette Wardlow, University of Missouri Extension Human Development specialist.

The program is limited to 12 participants and the fee for the 10-session program is $25. Registration deadline is April 18. Some participants may have to obtain their physician’s permission before taking part in the class.

For more details or to register, contact Renette Wardlow at the University of Missouri Extension Center, 417-581-3558 or call the Taney County Extension Center 417-546-4431.


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