Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Exercise class to be offered

Strength training for 55-plus

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CROSBY TOWNSHIP — Based on the success of a class in Harrison, the Hamilton County General Health District is offering a strength training program for adults 55 and older beginning next month at the Crosby Township Senior and Community Center.

        A similar class in Harrison attracted 25 participants to the free classes in September, the first time the county health district has held the program.

        An orientation class will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at the community center to kick off classes that will begin on Feb. 6. The classes will be 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 29.

        “We've been expanding senior programming, and we know physical activity can contribute in multiple ways to improving your quality of life,” said Stacy Wegley, health educator at the health district who has conducted the classes.

        The exercise classes, using TheraBands, which are like giant rubber bands, and light weights, are intended to improve simple daily activities, like toting a golf bag, carrying a grandchild or bringing in groceries.

        “It's done so people can remain as independent as possible,” Ms. Wegley said.

        The Harrison classparticipants ranged in age from 67 to 85, but it is aimed at anyone 55 and older.

        “That population keeps changing,” Ms. Wegley said. “They keep retiring younger, so we include those 55 and older.”

        Ed and Sandy Malterer are in their 70s and live in West Harrison, Ind. They participated in the Harrison classes in September.

        “It's a pretty easy exercise class for older people,” Mr. Malterer said. “It's not like some of these strenuous aerobic classes. So it's very suitable. In my case, since I have arthritis, it's helped me to strengthen my muscles.”

        Both also are continuing to exercise on their own and give high marks to Ms. Wegley.

        “She really does a good job,” Mrs. Malterer said. “She's so patient.”

        Ms. Wegley said the health district will look into expanding the program, called “Resisting Muscle Loss,” even further. They are looking at working with groups in Green, Springfield, Delhi and Colerain townships.

        Class size is limited to 25 people.

       To reserve a spot in the Crosby Township class call Millie Wasinger at the community center, 738-1440.


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