Thursday, October 17, 2013

MU Extension receives Skaggs Grant to Offer 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 in Taney County is excited to announce that it has received a Helping Hands grant from the Skaggs Foundation.  The grants are aimed at supporting health and wellness in Taney and Stone Counties.

As a result the 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 First Christian 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 Nov. 7 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.


“We are excited to partner with the Skaggs Foundation to offer these classes free-of-charge to local citizens,” said Chrystal Irons, county program director with MU Extension in Taney County. “Our goal is to promote health and wellness through education so people can learn about healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors.”

University of Missouri Extension provides research based education to stimulate positive behavior changes and help improve the lives of Missouri citizens.  The receipt of this grant helps make our educational seminars possible and available to all citizens in Taney and Stone Counties.

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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