Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fall Session of "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" Program for Older Adults at Botanical Center Starting Aug. 26

Contact: Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health specialist
Tel: (417) 881-8909 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — University of Missouri Extension will offer "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy," a 10-week exercise program designed for middle-aged and older adults, starting Aug. 26. Classes will be held in the east classroom at the Greene County MU Extension Center inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield.

This fall, there is a morning and afternoon session of the class being offered. Session one runs from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and session two is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the same day.

The first class on Aug. 26 is 90 minutes (to allow time for assessments and paperwork) while all subsequent classes will last about 60 minutes. All classes will be on Mondays from Sept. 9 to Nov. 18. The week of Oct. 28 will be missed.

The program is limited to 20 participants. Registration is needed by Friday, Aug. 23 and there is a $40 cost to the program. For more information or to enroll, contact the Greene County MU Extension at (417) 881-8909.

Registration forms are on the Greene County Extension website ( for printing out and payment with a check. It is also possible to pay for the classes with a credit card if registration is done online.

Emphasis for these classes is being placed on individuals who want to remain active outdoors, in their lawn or garden, or want to have less fatigue after working in the garden. The value of the health benefits gained from resistive training are well-document and certainly outweigh the risks for most adults (read past MU Extension article on topic at

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 Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition and health education specialist, University of Missouri Extension. “The exercises are low-impact/low weight and all the necessary equipment is provided.”

To see what the class is like, and to learn about the exercise techniques, MU Extension has an overview video available online at as well.

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