Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Join us to build the strength you need to enjoy good health as you age. Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) is an eight-week exercise program that incorporates the latest research to help you develop the fitness, flexibility and balance that will enable you to live independently longer.

In hourlong courses held twice a week, trained instructors will lead you through a warmup, easy-to-learn strength exercises and a cool-down. SSSH exercises are safe and effective, and we’ll provide weights for your use on-site. No need to wear special clothes — just comfortable, loose-fitting pants and shirt, along with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. You’ll find courses in familiar, nearby venues, such as senior centers or church halls.

After you’ve completed the course, we’ll provide you with a guide you can use to continue strength training in the comfort of your home.

Study shows health benefits of SSSH

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Watch Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (Dana Duren, PhD/Steve Ball, PhD) on YouTube.

Benefits shared by participants:

"Helped my mental outlook and I feel better. Stronger and sharper."

"Meeting new people. Reminding me to keep moving and spend some time on myself."

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Events and online courses

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January 16, 2024 - March 7, 2024

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy - Level 1
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January 16, 2024 - March 7, 2024

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy - Level 2

Resources

MU ISIP Research Poster - Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program (PDF)

Research poster created by interns in 2019 MU Integrated STEM Internship Program (ISIP): "The impact of repeated participation in the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy exercise program to improve physical function in older adults"

National Council on Aging

NCOA leads the National Falls Prevention Resource Center, which supports awareness and educational efforts about falls and promotes evidence-based fall prevention programs and strategies across the nation.

New study emphasizes importance of strength training for older adults — KRCG te…

A new study from the University of Missouri proves working out isn’t just for young people. In fact, strength training can have huge benefits for older adults and even reduce the risk of falls.

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