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Eileen Yager
Communications Officer

Published: October 30, 2008
Story Source: Robin Gammon, (573) 884-0971

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy recognized as top extension team

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Developers of University of Missouri Extension's Stay Healthy, Stay Strong program were honored with the Extension Teamwork Award, Oct. 28, in Columbia.

The award recognizes the collaboration and success of the eight-person team that created the strength-training program, which has reached more than 1,400 older adults.

Stay Strong, Stay Health provides a safe, structured environment for exercise. By improving their muscle mass, flexibility and balance, older adults can enhance their ability to live independently.

Participants also benefit from improved bone density, self-confidence, sleep and vitality, and from reduced risk for diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity.

An evaluation of Stay Strong, Stay Healthy found that 86 percent of the participants had more energy, 58 percent reported less joint pain and 76 percent are continuing to exercise at home.

Members of the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Team include MU campus employees Robin Gammon, program manager; Steve Ball, state fitness specialist; Carole Braun, administrative assistant; and nutrition and health specialists Glenda Kinder, Clay County; Vera Massey, Boone County; Lynda Johnson, Lafayette County; Linda Rellergert, St. Charles County; Susan Mills-Gray, Cass County; and Melissa Bess, Camden County.

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