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).
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.
You do not have to be a resident of Florence County to participate. Remember: the class is FREE! We hope to see you there.