Strong Bodies

Strong Bodies – Community Strength Training Program for Women and Men in Florence County 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Florence County Extension, Florence County ADRC, and FoodWIse, will be offering the Strong Bodies Program in person at the Florence Natural Resource Center lower-level conference room, located at 5628 Forestry Drive, Florence, WI. Strong Bodies is an exercise program for middle-aged and older adults. The program is a 10-week class that meets twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) for about 60 minutes and goes through a routine of 10 exercises using dumbbells and ankle weights (provided). 

Strong Bodies classes are starting the Thursday, September 1st, 2022, and going through Thursday, November 10th. The class is from 10:00 -11:00 am.  

The classes are FREE—no cost to attend! Classes are held twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and each class includes progressive weight training, flexibility, and balance activities. Tierany Rugg, UW-Extension Human Development & Relationships Educator, and Susan Arcaro, Strong Bodies Leader and Volunteer are teaching this county-wide program. All instructors have been trained in the Strong Bodies program and have had personal successes participating in and leading strength training. 

The Strong Bodies Program was developed by Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. The Strong Bodies Program is based on years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of all ages. “Strength is a critical factor in living healthier, more active lives. Our research shows that a program of strength training not only improves bone density but reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms, and increases flexibility and strength” states Dr. Nelson. The program is appropriate for both sedentary and active adults. 

To register, please call (715)528-4480 ext. 1. You do not have to be a resident of Florence County to participate. Remember:  the class is FREE!  We hope to see you there. 

For more information, please contact Tierany Rugg at or 715-528-4480 ext. 5. 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Florence County Extension, Florence County ADRC