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StrongPeople exercise program takes off

June 25, 2014 by

Seniors don’t need to slow down, thanks to the StrongPeople exercise program in Lakeview, overseen by the OSU Extension Office.

Originally started as a supplement program during the winter months after the success of the Walk With Ease program established last year, the popularity of senior exercise sessions held at the Lake County Senior Center has led to an expansion of the program. The OSU Extension Center partnered with the Senior Center, Lake Healthy District and Lake District Hospital to organize the outdoor walking and indoor exercise programs aimed at keeping seniors fit and active.

Twelve-week programs encompassing one-hour exercise routines held twice a week are currently underway, with the next open enrollment session planned in the fall after the current program ends in mid-July. Approximately 20 seniors currently meet for the sessions, and are encouraged to take weights home to continue with their routines.

“This was really a response to Curves (fitness) closing last year,” said Jamie Davis, who manages the program through the OSU Extension Center. “We wanted to fill the void of there no longer being a women’s fitness program in town, many who participate here were members of Curves.”

While initially intended as a women’s fitness course as part of the national Strong Women program, the classes have proved so popular that it was changed to Strong People, allowing men to also participate, finding that many husbands wanted to join in on the fun.

Gaining attention of Soroptimist International Club of Lakeview with several members participating in the sessions, a donation of $250 by Soroptimists was presented on Thursday, June 19 for the Strong Peoples program. According to Soroptimist President Carol Parker, it is the first time Soroptimists have donated to the program. They hope to raise more funds for it and other philanthropic efforts through their Oktoberfest fundraiser, planned for Sept. 27 at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

Sessions are led by Kenda Furiman and Janine Simms. Cost of the program is $50.

For more information on the StrongPeople Program please contact Jamie Davis at the OSU Extension Office at 541-947-6054 or jamie.davis@oregonstate.edu.

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