The Montana State University Extension Service in Glacier County and Cut Bank Adult Education welcomes the public to the “Strong People Program,” a strength training program for middle-aged and older adults, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The Strong People class (former class taught by Toni Altenburg) will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Civic Center in Cut Bank, located at 800 Railroad Street. The Strong People class is free to everyone, but you must have a Civic Center membership to attend. Civic Center memberships are discounted to $15 for senior citizens. Membership also allows you unlimited access to exercise equipment and use of other Civic Center amenities.

The Strong People Program was developed at Tufts University based on research on how strength training (not weight training) improves the health of older adults. Research shows full-body training improves bone density, arthritis symptoms, flexibility, strength and reduces falls.

According to Lisa Terry, Glacier County FCS Extension Agent, “We have seen people start the exercise class using a walker, and by the end of the program, they no longer need walking assistance.” Strong People is not only for people with mobility issues but is for anyone wanting to strengthen their bones and improve balance. As people age, bone density and muscle mass are lost unless they remain active and exercise. This class offers a full body workout for the young at heart. This slower-paced, researched-based workout includes balance, strength, and core training.

You may sign up by calling the Glacier County Extension office at 406-873-2239 or by emailing Lisa Terry at lterry@montana.edu.

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