Community Interest

Health and fitness programs offered to help older adults

Two programs for older adults will begin in June. Emily Barbee, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist for University of Missouri Extension will instruct both programs.

A Matter of Balance is an eight-week program to help adults 60 years old and up realize that falls and the fear of falling are controllable. Participants will learn to set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. 

The number one cause of injuries and death from injury is falls, and falls threaten the independence of older adults and often prove costly, as well. 

The program runs Mondays, June 3 through July 22, 10:00 a.m. to Noon at University of Missouri Extension Center, 260 Brown Road, St. Peters, 63376. The program is free but class space is limited and registration is required—call 314-862.4859 ext 24. 


Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is an eight-week evidence-based strength-training program designed for older adults who want to improve their quality of life and stay active. Classes are held in familiar settings such as senior centers and church halls, not the gym. The exercises are easy to learn, safe and effective. No need to wear special clothes—just comfortable, loose-fitting pants and shirt, along with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. 

The benefits of strength training include: increases muscle strength, improves balance, enhances flexibility, strengthens bones, relieves arthritis, helps control weight, lifts depression, reduces stress, reduces risks for heart disease. 

Over the course of the program, participants will increase strength and improve their balance. Weights will be available on-site, and Emily Barbee, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, will help participants learn and do these exercises safely. 

The program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 4 through July 30—no class July 4, 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, 63376. The cost is $69 and registration is required—call Wendy or Marybeth at 636-922-8233 or visit