Can You Button Up After the Holidays?

The holidays are fast approaching and that means lots of fun and food will be available. The holidays usually lead to a New Year’s resolution to trim up and button up by getting more exercise. The Van Buren County Extension Service has the solution for you! The Strong Women and Men Extension Exercise program is the perfect opportunity to lose pounds and build muscle with little sweat and a lot of fun! It is a research based weight bearing exercise program from Tufts University designed to build muscle with slow and safe movements.

Strong Women and Men strength training programs will be offered for twelve weeks beginning January 9, 2013. An orientation meeting will take place January 7, 2013 at 9 am in the Van Buren County Community Center in Clinton, Arkansas. New participants can attend classes as soon as they have completed the required paperwork and paid the $12 registration fee. Classes meet twice a week for 12 weeks.

Strong Women and Men is designed for middle-aged and older adults but all are welcome to participate. Research has shown that strength-training programs such as Strong Women and Men help with arthritis, heart disease, balance and fall prevention, strengthening of bone, weight maintenance, and glucose control. Joan Suess, Van Buren County participant stated, “One year ago, I was using a cane and some days a walker because of hip pain. I did injections and physical therapy in the fall and then started the Strong Women and Men class in the winter. I am so much stronger now and I can get up off the floor unassisted. I will keep doing the exercises because they have made a huge difference. Another Van Buren County participant, Wanda Owens stated, “I have spread the word about the benefits of the Strong Women and Men exercise program. Prior to taking this class, I had difficulty turning my head to see when backing up my car. Now I can look over my shoulder with ease.” Come see and feel the benefits of being in a strength training exercise program.

This program is open to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.

For more information or to sign-up for the orientation, please contact Regina Chaney at 501-745-7117 or rchaney@uaex.edu.

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