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Wabaunsee County

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy


The program’s goal is to improve health and quality of life. The hour long sessions meet twice each week. They include warm-up exercises, strengthening exercises with or without weights, and cool-down stretches. Participants are also encouraged to do the exercises on their own once more during the week. Over the eight weeks, participants learn the exercises and begin to improve strength and balance.


Stay Strong Stay Healthy Program Description

Stay Strong Stay Healthy Program Overview

Stay Strong Stay Healthy Evidence Based Program Statement

SSSH Introduction Slide Presentation-May 2016

Stay Strong Stay Healthy - Slide Presentation-August 2015

By Dr. Steve Ball and Susan Mills-Gray, University of Missouri Extension

Press Release-April 18, 2016

Sound Living-Stay Strong Stay Healthy -February 2, 2016-Radio Program




This older adult strength training program was developed by a team of Missouri University Extension specialists           who wanted to meet the increasing need for a follow-up program to the 8-week Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Level 1      (SSSH-1) program. The SSSH-2 program was adopted by K-State Research and Extension in 2017.

The goal of the program is to build on the fitness base acquired from SSSH-1 by adding new and more complex     exercises. The neuromuscular system quickly adapts to stressors and loads, and must be challenged differently      for gains in strength, flexibility and balance to continue. Therefore, it is necessary to alter the exercise routine     regularly. SSSH-2 is designed to challenge older adults in new and different ways and to improve activities of daily    living. 


SSSH-Level 2 Program Details

SSSH-Level 2 Program Overview

SSSH-Level 2 Evidence Based Program Statement

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Contact Information

Bernadette Trieb
Family and Consumer Science Agent
Phone: 785-765-3821
Email: btrieb@ksu.edu

Benefits of Strength Training

One of the best ways to keep your body and mind functioning at its best is to exercise.

Regular strength training helps build muscle and increases bone density, thereby helping to prevent frailty and osteoporosis.                                                                                                                                      

Other health benefits of strength training include:

  • Improved balance and flexibility

  • Decrease arthritis symptoms

  • Improved sleep

  • Weight control

  • Lift depression

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease

  • Helps manage diabetes