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Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Strength Training Program for Older Adults

Join us to build the strength you need to enjoy good health as you age. Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) is an eight-week exercise program that incorporates the latest research to help you develop the fitness, flexibility and balance that will enable you to live independently longer.  It is intended for 55 year old or older participants.

In one hour-long courses that are held twice a week, trained instructors will lead you through a warm-up, easy-to-learn strength exercises and a cool-down. SSSH exercises are safe and effective, and we’ll provide weights for your use on-site. No need to wear special clothes — just comfortable, loose-fitting pants and shirt, along with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. You’ll find courses in familiar, nearby venues, such as senior centers or church halls.

After you’ve completed the course, we’ll provide you with a guide you can use to continue strength training in the comfort of your home.

Stay Strong Stay Healthy

What are the benefits?

Strength training:

    • Increases muscle strength
    • Improves balance
    • Enhances flexibility
    • Strengthens bones
    • Relieves arthritis
    • Helps control weight
    • Lifts depression
    • Reduces stress
    • Reduces risks for heart disease

Upcoming Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Program Dates

2022

  • Nemaha County Location: 
    Nemaha Co. Community Building, 1500 Community Dr., Seneca

Dates of Class:
October 24, 27, November 1, 3, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29, December 1, 6, 8, 12, 15, 20 and 22.

Time:
9:00-10:00 AM

2023

  • Jackson County Location:
    Jackson County Senior Citizen Center, 312 Pennsylvania Ave., Holton

Dates of Class:
January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, February 2, 6, 10, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and March 7. (There will be snow make-up dates as needed.)

Time:
9:30-10:30 AM

  • Jefferson County Location:
    Meadowlark Extension District, 100 E Washington (in basement), Oskaloosa

Dates of Class:
January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, February 2, 6, 10, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and March 7. (There will be snow make-up dates as needed.)

Time:
9:30-10:30 AM

Forms to complete:

Participant Enrollment 
Participant Consent 
Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire 
Pre-Course Survey

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Publications:

Be Food Safe - Listeriosis
Easy Eating
Get Enough Fiber
Food for Thought
Protein
Thirsty
Vitamins & Minerals

Teresa Hatfield

Teresa Hatfield

District Agent - Family & Community Wellness
Holton Office
114 W. 5th St.
Holton, KS  66436
Phone:  785-364-4125
thatfield@ksu.edu

 

Cindy Williams

Cindy Williams

District Agent
Food, Nutrition, Health & Safety
Oskaloosa Office
100 E Washington
Oskaloosa, KS 66066
Phone: 785-863-2212
csw@ksu.edu