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Extension Agent Builds Strength and Community Through Fitness Class

Barb Wise, Stay Strong, Stay Healthy participant, learned she loves bicep curls. "I know Extension is a valuable resource, so when this strength class came open, [I thought] I need this," Barb Wise, Stay Strong, Stay Healthy participant. Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is an eight-week exercise program for older adults. Barb signed up for the strength training class l ead by Ashley Svaty, K-State Research and Extension Agent, that meets at the Cawker City Community Fitness Center. Barb recommends the class designed for people fifty years and older. "It's a great program. It's so much different than the normal exercise that people do. It's really helping us develop strength, things that we need to have, even though I'm not that old, I just worry about balance and stuff." The hourlong class meets twice a week. Participants learn the exercises from Svaty, a certified Stay Strong, Stay Healthy instructor, and are encouraged to continue the exercises at home or

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