Friday, September 06, 2013

MU Extension Offering “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy” Program in Galena Starting Sept. 30

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

GALENA, Mo. -- University of Missouri Extension will offer “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy,” a 10-week exercise program designed for men and women over the age of 50, starting on Sept. 30, 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 last class, Dec. 9, will also be 90 minutes to allow time for a post assessment.

The nine remaining classes start at 1 p.m. and last an hour. Classes will meet Oct. 7, 14, and 21. There will be no class on Oct. 28. The November class dates are Nov. 4, 11, 18, and 25 and then Dec. 2 and 9.

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.

“Our second series of classes ended on Aug. 26 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 it again said Renette Wardlow, University of Missouri Extension specialist and program coordinator.

The exercises are low-impact and 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.

The program is limited to 18 participants and costs $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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