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Cottonwood Extension district to launch Stay Strong Stay Healthy

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On this episode of the Post Podcast Cottonwood Extension District agent, Bernie Unruh shares information about the upcoming Stay Strong Stay Healthy program.

 

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James Bell  
The cottonwood extension district is set to kick off their Stay Strong Stay Healthy program a little bit later
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On this episode of the Post Podcast Cottonwood Extension District agent, Bernie Unruh shares information about the upcoming Stay Strong Stay Healthy program.

 

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James Bell  
The cottonwood extension district is set to kick off their Stay Strong Stay Healthy program a little bit later on in the month. Cottonwood Extension District agent Bernie Unruh stops by to talk to us about that and more on this episode of the post podcast,

Cottonwood Extension District agent Bernie Unruh  
I have been so impressed with the benefits that have that people have seen from starting in this program. So we haven't had it here in Hays we started over last year.

James Bell  
Oh, okay. So a year ago, even so, yes, so some of our listeners probably are familiar with this already.

Cottonwood Extension District agent Bernie Unruh  
Definitely. Um, I mean, and it's going on in Kansas for probably five to seven years. And so stay strong, stay healthy, as we say middle-aged adults 55 to 60. So I guess if you're middle, if you make it to 100, then yeah, that was 50-year-olds look young. So we are starting a class on October 26. At the extension office here in Hays, we'll be in the back meeting room. And it is designed to last for eight weeks. So we'll meet 16 times for an hour, twice a week. And just over that time period, we were so fortunate to see some really good changes in people, they just became stronger. They are supposed to. The idea is to do it every other day, do strengthening every other day walk, you can still walk every day, but just to get people up and moving. And you know how easy it is to go home and sit in your recliner. And maybe you don't do that. But 

James Bell  
No that's exactly what I do. 

Cottonwood Extension District agent Bernie Unruh  
Yeah, if you go home and you sit down and you don't get up and get moving, then your body just, it relaxes and nothing. There's no metabolism happening. There's nothing happening. So sitting is our worst disease.

James Bell  
Yeah, and I don't it doesn't take long right to get yourself unhealthy if you're in that mindset of not exercising or not, at least going out and being active doing something.

Cottonwood Extension District agent Bernie Unruh  
So we do some stretching exercises at the beginning. And then there is a program. And so we start out pretty easy, really only doing five repetitions, repetitions of a strengthening. And so I mean, we do the upper body and the lower body, I mean, the very first thing we do is stand up and sit down and stand up and sit down five times. And then a couple of weeks later, we're doing six times and then eight times and then 10 times and then doing 10 times twice. So it's amazing how you can increase over the eight weeks, it's a, it really is a great program, very evidence-based Missouri is who brought it to Kansas. And I think Missouri works with eight other states. So it's moving across the nation. 

James Bell  
Very cool. 

Cottonwood Extension District agent Bernie Unruh  
Stay strong, stay healthy,

James Bell  
Like it. 

Cottonwood Extension District agent Bernie Unruh  
Yeah. 

James Bell  
So how do you get involved in this program?

Cottonwood Extension District agent Bernie Unruh  
We have registration forms at our office, and we'll get them on our website. And also on our Facebook page. They do each participant if you sign up has to fill out a questionnaire so we kind of know where you're at. So you know, you could be a person that is seriously not doing hardly any exercise, being pretty sedentary. And we can still have you come and get started. But we do kind of want to know where you're at. So if we do, I'm going to say that every physician is going to say, yes, you need to do this, we've never had a physician say no, you're not doing this, even if you have to have a walker in front of you, and you have to hang on. Or if you have to have a chair, we can get a chair that has hands-on, you know, so you could push yourself up, but we just have to get your body moving. And so it can be at many levels, you know, we're not going to get down on the floor and do push-ups. We're not going to, you know, do jumping jacks, it's it starts pretty slow. And then we do cool down at the end. And so it does last about an hour in the beginning. We're a little bit shorter, but I also include lots of nutrition and other I guess encouragement to walk every other day if you're doing strengthening every other day. 

James Bell  
Okay, yeah, just kind of mixing it up. All right, so you get the benefits of both.


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