Staying physically active and being properly nourished is one of the most important things an individual can do to stay healthy for life. For the past twenty-plus years, Tufts University and other scientists around the world have gathered valuable knowledge about the aging process and how individuals can maintain strength, dignity, and independence as they approach and enjoy the later years of their lives.

Essential to staying strong and vital during older adulthood is participation in regular exercises, which help to prevent osteoporosis and frailty by stimulating the growth of muscle and bone. Feeling physically strong also promotes mental and emotional health. Strength training exercises are easy to learn, and they have been proven safe and effective through years of thorough research. Other benefits of strength training for women include the following: arthritis relief, restoration of balance and reduction of falls, proper weight maintenance, improved glucose control, sleep improvement, and healthy heart tissue.

The goal of the "Strong Women/Men" program is for women and men of all ages to become stronger, feel better, and maintain their independence throughout life.

A Strong Women/Men group meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church (The R.O.C.) in Greenwood.