COLUMBUS - The loss of muscle mass can slip up on us without warning. At some point we realize we can’t do the things we used to, but often don’t know or can’t find the motivation to help correct the problem.

K-State Research and Extension has been offering 'Stay Strong Stay Healthy' classes in Cherokee County over the past two years, providing local seniors with an opportunity to improve their health while having fun socializing with neighbors and friends. The program is designed to help older adults regain strength and improve balance and flexibility and overall health in the process.

Participants in 'Stay Strong, Stay Healthy' meet for one-hour sessions, twice a week for eight weeks. Activities include warm-up exercises, strengthening exercises with and without weights, and cool-down stretches. Class members are encouraged to do the exercises on their own once more per week. The Cherokee County Extension Office will be offering this program starting in May, in Columbus. The eight-week program is $20 and consists of 16 sessions with all required equipment provided. Women and men are welcome and encouraged to participate.

For additional information or to get signed up, please contact Christina Holmes at 620-429-3849 or email Participants may need to get their doctor’s permission to participate.

Kansas State University is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision, or hearing disability, contact Christina Holmes, Cherokee County Extension, 124 W Country Rd, Columbus, KS 66725, phone 620-429-3849 or email