Strong Bodies

Register with Sabrina Leffler at Extension Florence County: 1-715-528-4480 ext. 1.
Registration opens February 17th for Spring Classes at the Florence Natural Resource Center- Lower Level Conference Room.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Florence County Extension, Florence County ADRC, Foodwise, and the Florence County Health Department will be offering the Strong Bodies Program, an exercise program for middle-aged and older adults. The program is an 8-week class that meets twice a week (Mondays & Wednesdays) for about 60 minutes and goes through a routine of 10 exercises using dumbbells and ankle weights (provided).

Strong Bodies classes will be offered at the Florence Natural Resource Center – Lower Level Conference Room – 5628 Forestry Dr. Florence, Wisconsin 54121 starting the week of March 23rd– May 13th, 2020. Class is from 10:00 -11:15 am.

The classes are FREE—no cost to attend!  Classes are held twice weekly (Mondays and Wednesdays) and each class includes progressive weight training, flexibility, balance activities. Tierany Rugg, UW-Extension Human Development & Relationships Educator is teaching these county-wide programs. All instructors have been trained in the Strong Bodies program and have had personal successes participating 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 upon 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.

Registration opens February 17th, 2020. If you are interested in participating in the Strong Bodies Program, please contact Sabrina Leffler at Extension Florence County for proper paperwork—1-715-528-4480 ext. 1. If you would like more information or would like to see if Strong Bodies is a good fit for you, please attend our open house, Monday, March 16th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. at the Florence Natural Resource Center- Lower Level Conference Room. You do not have to be a resident of Florence County to participate. Remember:  the class is FREE!  We hope to see you there.