Strong Bones winter sessions begin this week

Memberships are being accepted for the Strong Bones Strength Training program in Shawano County. Classes begin this week.

At Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano, both regular and advanced classes will be offered at 8:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. There will be a men’s class at 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Sessions also are scheduled at St. Paul Lutheran, Bonduel, 7:30 a.m. Monday and Friday; St. Francis Solanus, Gresham, 4:05 p.m. Monday and Thursday; Sacred Heart Catholic, Shawano, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Total Fitness, Shawano, noon Monday and Wednesday; Clintonville Community Center, 1 p.m. Monday and Thursday; Mohican Family Center, Bowler, 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; Peace Lutheran, Tilleda, 5:15 p.m. Monday and Thursday; Pulaski Senior Center, 7:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Holy Family, Wittenberg, 4:30 p.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Friday.

Strong Bones membership fees are $140 for an annual membership, $70 for a semiannual membership and $35 for a quarterly membership. With a membership, participants are able to attend any one-hour class twice a week. Participants may start at any time, but organizers do ask for a 13-week commitment.

To participate in the program, you will need to fill out registration papers and come to class with comfortable shoes and clothing. Participants will use dumbbells, ankle weights and an exercise mat.

The Strong Bones Program was developed by Dr. Miriam Nelson and Dr. Rebecca Sequin at Tufts University in Massachusetts. It includes progressive weight training, flexibility and balance activities. The exercises are safe and effective for both men and women of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health.

People with health concerns such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis diabetes, obesity and back pain often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting weights a few times each week.

All of the 22 local instructors have received training with the Strong Bones program.

For registration or information, call 715-526-6136 or email Kara.skarlupka@co.shawano.wi.us.