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Program Summary

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) aims to provide older adults with access to a safe, structured and evidence-based exercise program capable of building muscle and increasing bone density, thus decreasing frailty, osteoporosis and the risk of falls. The hourlong class is led by trained and certified instructors, meets twice each week, and includes warmup activities, strengthening exercises with or without weights and cool-down activities.

Program Benefits

  • To improve the health, quality of life and independence of older adults by increasing access to a safe, effective and evidence-based physical activity program.
  • Improve the health and muscular fitness of older and sedentary, middle-aged adults throughout the nation by increasing access to safe and effective strength training programs.
  • Reduce the risk of falls among older adults and increase their physical ability to continue living independently by improving their balance, flexibility and muscle and bone strength.
  • Encourage older adults to incorporate the strength training exercises learned, into their weekly routine.

Target Audience

Older and sedentary middle aged adults.

Program Length

8-week course, meets twice per week (non-consecutive days)=16 exercise classes total.

Program Cost

Participants pay 40 dollars or it may be free for SNAP audiences determined by guidelines and faculty at MU Extension. There is a license and service fee depending on the number of instructors trained by MU Extension SSSH State Leadership Team.

Equipment Needed

  • Fitness Assessment equipment: rulers, stopwatches, cone, chair stable, measuring tape, clipboard.
  • Exercise equipment: juggling scarves, multiple size hand weights, ankle weights, chairs stable.

Want to Know More?

Visit this site to learn more about Stay Strong, Stay Healthy.


If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Kelsey Weitzel, University of Missouri, at or 573-882-2799.


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