An exercise program developed as a partnership between the Lake County Senior Center, Lake Health District and OSU Lake County Extension Office begins on Feb. 3. The 12-week program will continue through April 23, and will be held weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Lake County Senior Center, located at 11 N. G St.
Participants are asked to register by Tuesday, Jan. 21, and participants may be required to receive consent by their physician in order to participate.
There is a $50 fee for the program, but a payment plan and scholarships are available. The fee is associated with leg weights for the program.
The StrongPeople program is designed for strength training and assisting with maintaining muscle mass, strength and function as adults age. Benefits include improved bone density and reducing risk of fall, improvement of arthritis symptoms and increased flexibility.
OSU Extension Lake County Agent Jamie Davis said the program is research-based in development for better bone strength, and the prevention of broken bones for aging adults.
Weight lifting is included in the activities as an activity for developing muscle mass.
The classes will be hosted by trained leaders in a series of varied exercises, with a gradual increase in the level of weights utilized.
Last fall, several locals – four from Lake County and one from Harney County — received special training in anticipation of this program. The roster includes Siobhan Cremin, Shana Withee, Kenda Fuhriman, Janine Simms, Jamie Davis and Angie Kestscher, who were trained by Lauren Kraemer for the program.
The four-organization partnership has worked to find ways to address the issue of physical activity in the local community, Davis said. Last summer, a walking program served as an example of community-minded fitness, she noted.
For more information, contact the Extension Office at 541-947-6054 or the Lake County Senior Center at 541-947-4966.