Stay Strong Stay Healthy, part of Extension's Healthy Aging initiative, is an evidenced-based eight-week exercise program developed by University of Missouri Extension that incorporates the latest research to help older adults develop the fitness, flexibility and balance that will enable elders to live independently longer. In hour-long courses held twice a week, trained instructors will lead participants through a warm-up, easy-to-learn strength exercises and a cool-down. The exercises are safe and effective, and Extension will provide weights for use on-site. No need to wear special clothes — just comfortable, loose-fitting pants and shirt, along with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. Courses can be found in familiar, nearby venues, such as senior centers or church halls. After participants completed the course, they will receive a guide to continue strength training in the comfort of home. In 2019, the program was conducted in Carson/Storey, Clark, Lander, Lyon, White Pine, Churchill, and Mineral Counties, and on two Native American reservations.

 

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