Strong Bodies Virtual – Community Strength Training Program for Women and Men in
Florence County, and Foodwise, will be offering the Strong Bodies Program in person at the Florence Natural
Resource Center. Strong Bodies is an exercise program for middle-aged and older adults. The
program is an 8-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
Strong Bodies classes are starting Tuesday, January 25th, 2022. Class is from 10:00 -11:00 am
at the Florence Natural Resource Center in the Lower-Level Conference Room (5628 Forestry
Drive. Florence, WI 54121). Participants will also be able to attend virtually via zoom. Please
ask for more details when you call to register.
The classes are FREE—no cost to attend! Classes are held twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and each class includes progressive weight training, flexibility, balance
activities. Tierany Rugg, UW-Extension Human Development & Relationships Educator and
Jeanne Richard- Florence County Foodwise are teaching this county-wide program. 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.
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 Tierany.Rugg@wisc.edu or 715-528-4480
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Florence County Extension, Florence County ADRC