New Exercise and Nutrition Program Offered in Hampshire County
“Fit and Strong!” classes begin January 2008

West Virginia University is partnering with the Hampshire County Committee on Aging and the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health to bring a new exercise and health education program to older adults who are active with the Hampshire County Senior Centers. 

The free classes will be held at the Hampshire County Committee on Aging facility in
Romney.  Participants must be at least 60 years old and have written permission from their physician in order to participate.  Transportation to and from the classes will be available. 

“Exercise programs such as ‘Fit and Strong!’ are important for the overall health and well-being of West Virginia seniors,” said Turner Goins, Ph.D., associate professor in the WVU Department of Community Medicine and the Center on Aging.  “We are very excited and honored to help the Hampshire County Committee on Aging offer this effective exercise program."

“Fit and Strong!” is an eight week program that meets three times a week.  Each class includes 60 minutes of resistance and cardiovascular exercise and 30 minutes of discussion on health topics. 

“Fit and Strong!” was developed by the University of Illinois in Chicago, and researchers have shown its effectiveness for people with osteoarthritis.  Program participants have experienced less pain, less lower body stiffness and increased their ability to manage their arthritis symptoms. 

For more information, please contact R. Turner Goins at (304) 293-3129 of Joshua Byrd at (304) 293-1796.


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For more information:
Emily Corio, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
ec: 12-12-07

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