Thursday, October 24, 2013

MU Extension Offering Free Health and Wellness Workshops for Taney, Stone County Citizens

Contact: Chrystal Irons, business development specialist
County Program Director
Headquartered at the Taney County Extension Center
Tel: (417) 546-4431

BRANSON, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension will offer five program series of health and wellness education, free to all Taney and Stone County citizens.


The first program, “Matter of Balance,” will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., starting Friday, Oct. 25 at Our Lady of the Ozark Catholic Church in Forsyth.

This program is a five week series, meeting for five consecutive Fridays.  This award winning program was created to help adults ages 60 and over learn how to prevent falls.  Discussion and simple exercises will help participants overcome their concerns about falling and increase their overall strength and balance.


“Stay Strong, Stay Healthy” will begin in Taney County on Thursday, Nov. 7th and run for a ten week period, meeting each Thursday at the First Community Presbyterian Church in Forsyth.  This class will increase aging adults’ access to a safe, structured, and effective strength training program.

Over the 10 weeks, participants learn exercises to improve their strength, flexibility and balance. At each session, a prescribed set of 8 upper and lower body strengthening exercises are done along with warm-up and cool-down stretches.

Participants are made to feel comfortable regardless of their current fitness level so they can safely participate and gradually build the strength beneficial to health.


To receive more information and to register for the workshops, call the Taney County Extension office at (417) 546-4431 or email


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