Thursday, April 17, 2014

MU Extension to Offer “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy” Exercise Program Starting May 1 in Clever

Contact: Renette Wardlow, human development specialist
Headquartered in Christian County
Tel: (417) 581-3558

OZARK, Mo. -- University of Missouri Extension will again be offering “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy,” a 10-week exercise program designed for men and women over 50.

The new series of classes begins on May 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church, in Clever.  The first class is 90 minutes long to allow time for an orientation to the program and health assessments.  The nine remaining classes start at 10 a.m. and last an hour.

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.

“The exercises are low-impact/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,” said Renette Wardlow, University of Missouri Extension specialist and program coordinator.

The program is limited to 20 participants.  The cost of the 10 week program is $25 per person and pre-registration is required.

Some participants may have to obtain their physician’s permission before taking the class.  For more details, contact the Christian County Extension Center, 417-581-3558.


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