Thursday, January 09, 2014

Winter Session of "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" for Older Adults Starts Feb. 3 at Botanical Center; Register by Jan. 29

Contact: Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
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 Feb. 3. Classes will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the east classroom at the Greene County Extension Center inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield.

The first class on Feb. 3 is a required 90 minute session (to allow time for assessments and paperwork) while all subsequent classes will last about 60 minutes. All classes will be on Mondays from Feb. 3 to Apr. 14.

The program is limited to 20 participants. Registration is needed by Wed., Jan. 29 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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