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Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

MU Extension's Stay Strong, Stay Healthy, a 10-week strength-training program for older adults, builds on research showing that improved strength, balance and flexibility in older adults enhances health and quality of life.

Simple strength-building exercises requiring no equipment other than chairs, scarves and, optionally, hand and ankle weights, make a real difference in the ability of older adults to remain active and independent. Benefits for participants include fewer falls, greater mobility and independence, decreased likelihood of entering a nursing home and reduced need for costly, long-term medical care.

About 1,800 Missouri residents have participated in the program since it started in 2005. Stay Strong, Stay Healthy classes are available in more than two dozen Missouri counties. For more information, see missourifamilies.org/sssh.