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About Stay Strong, Stay Healthy


Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program sessions are lead by a team of University of Missouri Extension Specialists. Each Specialist has completed the seven hour Tufts endorsed SSSH training on how to effectively instruct and assist participants in learning strength exercises. The 8-week program is taught by a University of Missouri Extension Specialist and they are equipped with sets of hand weights and ankle weights for their participants to use during each exercise.


The exercises include a warm-up, upper and lower body strengthening exercises, and a cool-down. Pre- and post-tests are performed on each participant detailing their level of strength, balance and flexibility before and after the program. An evaluation of the program is given on the last day specifying needs and goals met, overall satisfaction of the program, and comments from participants.


Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Public Value Statement

When you support MU Extension’s Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program, participants will increase their physical activity and may improve strength, balance and flexibility, resulting in reduced risk for falls, better overall health and greater independence. These health benefits decrease the likelihood of a participant entering a nursing home, which costs on average $51,465 per year in Missouri1. The money saved benefits the community by keeping more discretionary income in circulation locally. It also keeps people actively, independently contributing to society longer.


1 The MetLife Market Survey of Adult Day Services & Home Care Costs, 2011


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Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Promotional Video – Produced by the University of Missouri Cooperative Media Group

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy promotional video


Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Instructional DVD – This DVD takes you through the eight prescribed sets of upper- and lower-body exercises done in a SSSH class. The DVD also includes an introduction, warm-up and additional exercises. To order, go to the MU Extension publications website at


For additional information, contact Susan Mills-Gray at



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