Living Strong Program Launches in South Burlington

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Thursday September 19, 2013

South Burlington Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA) to offer the evidence-based Living Strong weight training program at no charge to South Burlington residents. 

The Living Strong program began recently at City Hall, and continues weekly on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. through December 5th.  It is not too late to join as registrations have been extended to October 1st. This strength training program is intended for older adults age 50 and up, and is appropriate for anyone wanting to increase their upper and lower body strength, improve balance, agility, flexibility and quality of life.  If you worry about falls and your ability to get up again, you should consider this class. Many seniors from their 70’s to 90’s have taken part, thereby increasing their ability to remain living independently in a setting of their choice.CVAA received a grant to pay for the certification for volunteers to be trained as leaders of the class and the Rec department has waived the class fee, so together they can reduce that barrier to attend the program.Joining a group is a fun way to socialize and be engaged with your community.  It is proven that persons who remain socially active are more likely to be physically fit, happier, healthier and lead more fulfilling lives.  But there is another reason to join this group:  staying independent.  

Fees for the class have been waived.  Remember, registrations have been extended to October 1st. To enroll, call South Burlington Rec Dept. at 846-4108.