David Burton
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Springfield, MO 65807
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January 25, 2013


MU Extension Offering "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy"
Program in Kimberling City Starting Feb. 12

OZARK, Mo. — University of Missouri Extension will be offering the popular, "Stay Strong, Stay Healthy" exercise program designed for older adults starting Feb. 12 at the Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City.

The first and last class will start at 10 a.m. and continue until about noon to allow time for a brief orientation to the program and health assessments. The remaining classes start at 10 a.m. and last about 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. All needed equipment is provided during the class.

"If you have been thinking about signing up for an exercise program this class is a great way for older adults to learn some basics and get develop a routine. Past participants reported that they noted a definite change in their strength, balance and flexibility", said Renette Wardlow, human development specialist with MU Extension and instructor for the course.

The program is limited to 15 participants and the fee for the 10 session program is $25. The registration deadline is Feb 8. Some participants may have to obtain their physician's permission before taking part in the class.

For more details or to register, contact JoEtta Bowling at the University of Missouri Extension Center, 417-357-6812 or call Renette Wardlow, course instructor at 417-581-3558.

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Source: Renette Wardlow, (417) 581-3558

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