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Program offered in CL for those with osteoarthritis

Published: Sunday, March 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Senior Services Associates Inc. offers "Fit and Strong!" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting April 15 at 110 W. Woodstock St.

"Fit and Strong!" is an award-winning, evidence-based exercise and behavioral change program that is a collaborative effort between Senior Services Associates and the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Research on Health and Aging.

The free program was developed for older adults with osteoarthritis in their knees, hips, lower spine, ankles or feet.

Research has shown that people who enroll in the program and attend regularly experience increased confidence about their ability to exercise, begin to exercise regularly, and experience decreased pain and stiffness in their joints.

Participants must be at least 60 years old and have pain or stiffness in the lower joints.

The program includes one hour of stretching, low-impact aerobics and aerobic walking, and strengthening exercises, followed by 30 minutes of group discussion and problem-solving. Group discussions address arthritis management, exercise safety and how to develop an active lifestyle.

The program runs for eight weeks and meets three times per week. Toward the end of the eight weeks, participants will have the opportunity to meet with the instructor to develop a tailored exercise contract.

To register or for information, call Claudia Aquilina at 815-356-7457.

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