Thursday, June 13, 2013

Extension’s 10-Week “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy” Exercise Program for Adults Over 50 in Galena Starting July 1

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

GALENA, Mo. -- University of Missouri Extension will be offering “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy,” a 10-week exercise program designed for men and women over 50 starting on July 1, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex, in Galena.

The first class is 90 minutes long to allow time for an orientation to the program and health assessments. The nine remaining classes start at 1 p.m. and last 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 and all the necessary equipment is provided. The class is a great way for older adults to improve their strength, balance and flexibility.

“Our second series of classes ended on June 17 and several of the current participants asked if they could sign up again. We have also had a number of phone calls about the program so we decided to offer the class again,” said Renette Wardlow, University of Missouri Extension human development specialist and program coordinator.

The program is limited to 18 participants. The cost of the 10 week program is $25. Adults in a defined income bracket may be eligible to receive a fee reduction/waiver. Some participants may have to obtain their physician’s permission before taking part in the class.

For more details or to register, contact JoEtta Bowling at the University of Missouri Extension Center, 417-357-6812.

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