A Healthier Together

What Is StrongBodies?

The Extension StrongBodies Program is based on the StrongWomen Program that was created by Professors Miriam E. Nelson and Rebecca Seguin. StrongBodies will catalyze positive change in people of all ages to live stronger, healthier lives by providing knowledge, inspiration, access to programs, and ongoing support.

Why the StrongBodies Program?

Research shows that regular exercise provides many benefits to mature women. Yet only 7% of middle-aged and older women exercise daily.

Regular weight-bearing exercise helps older women increase their strength, muscle mass and bone density, and decreases the risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity. Exercise has also been shown to improve self-confidence, sleep and vitality.

Preventing the onset of osteoporosis—porous bones that break easily and heal slowly—is especially important for middle-aged and older women. One out of every three women over the age of 40 suffers from this condition. The good news is that exercise can contribute to the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. For many Wisconsin communities, the challenge lies in finding ways to provide education and opportunities for older women to get the essential exercise they need.

StrongBodies in Polk County

StrongBodies is now being offered to our Polk County residents at the Wild River Fitness Center in Osceola, WI. This is a 10-week program designed to increase your strength, muscle mass and balance, and decrease the risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity. These classes are designed to increase your independence and ability to do your daily activities.

Classes are every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm-3pm starting on January 24th, 2023. Every class will be located at Wild River Fitness Center (2630 65th Ave, Osceola, WI)

The class is $20 for ALL 10 weeks, BUT will be FREE to Wild River Fitness members. Grants are available for people who want to take the class, NO INCOME REQUIREMENTS. Class registration is on a first come first serve basis. If you have any questions about the class, please call the Polk County Extension Office at 715-485-8600.

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