Strong Living Program

Senior citizens exercise groupThe Strong Living Program is a twelve-week strength and balance exercise program for adults 60 years and older. Strong Living incorporates years of scientific research and practical field experience in effective exercise techniques for older adults.

Research shows that strength training can help older adults improve fitness, mobility, strength and balance, emotional well being, bone health and help to reduce falls.

The Strong Living Program is appropriate for both sedentary and active adults. Class leaders are trained through a grant from the Vermont Department of Health and certified by Tufts University’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.

Classes meet twice a week for an hour each session, and include:

  • Both standing and sitting activities
  • Using ankle weights and hand weights for resistance-type muscle training
  • Balance and flexibility exercises

Advance medical clearance from a health care professional is required before the class begins. Class size is limited to 12 participants, and weights are available for participants. Classes begin at different times of the year in various locations.

For more information, contact a class organizer in your area:

Bellows Falls Health Center offers the Strong Living program. For more information, call (802) 722-3607.

Brattleboro Senior Center offers strength building exercises that are similar to strong living classes and take place Tuesday/Thursday at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Jessy Cudworth at (802) 254-5808 ext. 203.

The Chapel Building in Grafton offers the Strong Living program. For more information, call (802) 843-5158.

First Congregational Church in Westminster offers Strong Living program.

Guilford Community Church on Wednesday/Friday at 10 a.m. and Tuesday/Thursday at 11 a.m. They also have an evening set of classes. There’s a suggested donation of $2/class. For information or registration, call Lisa Sparrow at (802) 257-2776.

Putney Cares offers the Strong Living program. For more information, visit or call (802) 387-5593.

Westminster Cares offers the Strong Living program. For more information, call (802) 722-3607.

Other locations to be added soon!

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