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Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Description: Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) is an 8-week strength training program for older adults.

Curriculum/program overview: Missouri’s SSSH program is designed to increase aging adults’ access to a safe, structured and effective strength training program. Over 8 weeks, participants learn exercises to improve their strength, flexibility and balance. During each session, a prescribed set of 8 upper and lower body strengthening exercises are done along with warm-up and cool-down stretches. Participants are made to feel comfortable regardless of their current fitness level so they can safely participate and gradually build the strength beneficial to health.

SSSH is modeled after the evidenced-based StrongWomen program developed by researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science at Tufts University. While the original Tufts program includes only women, University of Missouri Extension has adapted the curriculum to include men.

Contact person: Kelsey Weitzel, Susan Mills-Gray & Steve Ball

Evaluation tool:

Sample report: SSSH Program Impact Template

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