From Jane Wolery, Teton Co Agent:

The MSU Teton County Extension Office plans to offer the StrongPeople strength training class in Fairfield at the Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Classes will start the end of September and run through mid-December.  This strength training class is a one-hour class, two days a week.  Participants work through a series of weight-lifting and strength-training exercises.  Strength training improves:  muscle mass, strength, balance, bone density, arthritis symptoms, metabolic rate, glucose/lipid profiles and mental health.  The class is based on research from Dr. Miriam Nelson of Tufts University. The program, which uses free weights, is adaptable for a variety of fitness levels, and is available to both men and women.  The strength training class, taught by Jane Wolery, is open to participants ages 16-100 years of age. 


An informative session about the StrongPeople class will be held at the Fairfield Senior Center on Wednesday, September 18, at 12:30 p.m..    Participants will have the chance to vote on two different times for the class to be offered – either 9-10 a.m. or 12:30-1:30 p.m.. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Class time will be selected based on majority preference of the committed participants. Both sessions will be offered if registration warrants two sessions.  A minimum of 15 registered participants is required to offer the class.


If you will not be able to attend the informational session on Thursday, September 18, at 12:30, please call the MSU Teton County Extension for registration packet and information about the StrongPeople classes. The StrongPeople class does require a series of paperwork, including medical release forms.  The registration packets can be mailed or emailed to potential participants, as well as picked up at the Teton County Extension Office or Fairfield Senior Center. 


Participants of previous classes have reported a variety of improvements, relief from chronic pain, improved strength, increased sleep quality and an uplifted mental attitude.