The La Crosse County Health Department is offering Strong Seniors-Strong Bones Program, a 12-week exercise program for middle-age and older adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer.

The program, led by La Crosse County certified fitness instructors, will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at Myrick-Hixon EcoPark. An informational meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the EcoPark.

The strength training exercise program was developed by Miriam Nelson,  associate professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

The Strong Seniors-Strong Bones Program is based on years of research about how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of adults of all ages.

“Strength is a critical factor in living healthier, more active lives,” Nelson said. “Our research shows that a program of strength training not only improves bone density but reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms and increases flexibility and strength.”

The program is appropriate for both sedentary and very active adults.

The Strong Seniors Program is a part of the new Get Active campaign, which encourages all La Crosse County residents to get involved in their communities and create a healthier La Crosse County. 

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