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StrongPeople participants enjoy class at the Joe Meagher Memorial Civic Center in Cut Bank. Photo courtesy of Lisa Terry

This year saw the addition of a new staff member at the Glacier County MSU Extension office. Lisa Terry, FCS Agent, began work during the county fair week. On her choice of starting dates, Lisa stated, “People said I was crazy to start fair week, but I wanted to jump right in with both feet!” And jump right in, she did. That week she logged over 85 hours working in the Marias Fair food booth serving customers from four counties.

In addition to overseeing the quad-county fair food booth each summer, Terry’s mission is to bring research-based FCS programming to Glacier County. A priority identified by the newly established FCS Advisory committee is the need for health-related programs for Senior Citizens. Glacier County comprises roughly one-third senior citizens, and that age range continues to need health-related services provided through MSU extension.

The StrongPeople strength training program in Cut Bank doubled during the second week, prompting the need for an additional class. The classes are co-sponsored by the Adult Education program at Cut Bank schools. This partnership allows more people to be reached with researched-based educational programs.

On the impacts of the class, one class member shared, “I had been seeing my doctor for pain in my neck and the inability to sleep. Since starting StrongPeople, I am no longer in pain and can sleep like a baby!” Another participant credits not slipping on the ice and snow with increased strength due to her participation in the program. “I could hold on with my arms which kept me from falling. I couldn’t do that before.”

Classes have paused for the holidays but will resume the week of Jan. 2. Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays at the Parkview Senior Citizen Center at 11 a.m. and the Joe Meagher Memorial Civic Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

The new year will be a perfect time for new participants to make new year’s resolutions to get fit. For information on joining a Strong People class, call Lisa Terry at 406-873-2239 or email her at lterry@montana.edu.

Lisa Terry is MSU Extension Office agent for Glacier County.

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