Thursday, January 09, 2014

Register by Jan. 16 for “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy” Programs in Lamar or Greenfield

Dr. Lydia Kaume, nutrition and health education specialist
Headquartered in Barton County
Tel: (417) 682-3579

LAMAR, Mo. — University of Missouri Extension will offer "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy," a 10-week exercise program in both Lamar and Greenfield starting Jan. 23. 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.

In Lamar (Barton County), the classes will be 60 minutes long but the first class is 90 minutes. Classes are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23 to March 27 at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Lamar. Registration for both classes is required by Friday, January 16 and the program cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple. To register for the class call the Barton County Extension Center at (417) 682-3579).

In Greenfield (Dade County), the classes will be 60 minutes long but the first class is 90 minutes. Classes are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 to April 25 at the Greenfield High School Community Building. Registration is required by Friday, January 16, 2014 and the cost to the program is $35 per person or $ 55 per couple. For more information or to enroll, contact the Dade County MU Extension at (417) 637-2112.

According to research conducted by Tufts, participation in strengthening exercises helps to build muscle and increase bone density, thereby helping to prevent frailty and osteoporosis. Strength training can benefit older adults in many ways, including, arthritis relief, improving balance, enhancing flexibility, strengthening bones, weight control, reducing depression and stress, lowering risks for heart disease, and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.

“The class is a great way for middle-aged and older adults to begin exercising, or improve their strength, balance and flexibility and can lead to a healthier, more active lifestyle," said Lydia Kaume, a nutrition and health education specialist, University of Missouri Extension. “The exercises are low-impact/low weight and all the necessary equipment is provided.”

For more information on nutrition, go online to or contact one of the nutrition and health specialists working in the Ozarks: Dr. Lydia Kaume in Barton County, (417) 682-3579; Dr. Pam Duitsman, in Greene County, (417) 881-8909; or Cammie Younger in Texas County, (417) 967-4545


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