Office on Aging Offering In-Person Strong Bodies Classes in Crandon & Armstrong Creek

Healthy aging is all about quality of life. No matter how old you are, you do not have to get weaker with age. Strength training can help you stay vital, strong and independent throughout your life. The Strong Bodies Program is a 12-week, research-based exercise program for all ages of men and women. Each class includes progressive weight training, flexibility, and balance activities. Benefits from taking part in a program of strength training, which have been shown by research, include maintaining bone density, reducing falls, improving arthritis symptoms, increasing flexibility, and increasing strength. In addition, mental health benefits include improved mood and attitude, decreased depression, sleeping more soundly, increased energy levels and enjoyment of a new circle of friends.

Forest County Office on Aging has been partnering with the UW-Extension for the last five years to offer the Strong Bodies Classes to the older adults in Forest County.  We have three trained leaders who volunteer their time and we collaborate with Terri Kolb, Health and Wellness Educator from UW-Extension.

Strong Bodies classes are offered in Crandon at the Crandon Public Library. Strong Bodies Basic is intended for new participants or for those who are not interested in an Advanced session. A Basic session will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 11th to March 31, 2022, at the Crandon Public Library, Lower Level. Strong Bodies Advanced is intended for those who have participated in Strong Bodies for at least one twelve-week session with good attendance within the last calendar year. Exercises in the Advanced class will add variety and difficulty for those seeking challenges. Participants in the Advanced program will, as a group, determine the exercises used. There will be a Strong Bodies Advanced session in Crandon at 1:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting January 10th to March 31, 2022, at the Crandon Public Library, Lower Level. 

Terri Kolb will be leading a Strong Bodies basic class in Armstrong Creek at the Armstrong Creek Community Building on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 10:00 am starting on January 11th to March 31st, 2022.

There is no charge to participants for any of these sessions and weights will be provided. To begin the enrollment process for the Crandon Strong Bodies classes please pick an enrollment form from the Crandon Public Library circulation desk. To begin enrollment process for the Armstrong Creek class you can call Terri Kolb at (715) 365-2756.

Planning a fun run in Forest County?

In an effort to encourage organizations to host RUNNING, WALKING & HIKING events in Forest County, the Forest County CAN! Coalition, in partnership with the Laona Peer Health Educators, have purchased and organized event supplies to help ensure a successful event. Supplies are available to organizations, classes, townships, and community members at no-cost provided the event is open to the general public and encourages physical activity and wellness in our County!

Contact UW-Extension at 715-478-7797 or michelle.gobert@wisc.edu for details.

2021 Summer Challenge Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jon Wagoner the recipient of the 100 Hours Active Outdoors Community Challenge prize of $100 worth of Forest County Chamber Bucks. Jon’s name was drawn from a list of the twenty-four Forest County residents that completed the Active Outdoors Challenge this past summer. 

Twenty-four individuals participated in the Activity Challenge sponsored by the Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition (Forest County CAN!) spending and tracking at least 100 hours of active outdoor time between June 1st and August 31st of 2021. 

Congratulations to Jon and the following members of this year’s 100-active hours club!:  Courtney Crum, Kadyn Kincaid, Wynter Montgomery, Stephanie Statezny, Bryn Montgomery, Clayton Montgomery, Taylor Karcz, Nathan Wagoner, Grant Wagoner, Isabelle Wagoner, Val Wagoner, Mary’s Kids (Mary Kircher), Rosemary Resch, Phil Resch, Andy McMillion, Karen McMillion, Jamison Alloway, Zoey Sears, Brenda Davison, Holli Denton, Hudson Harrison, Reggie Harrison, Caroline Harris, Adelyn Harris and Homer Rosa. 

For more information about the Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition follow us on Facebook.

2021 Challenge Announced!

The Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition (Forest County CAN!) is encouraging people of all ages to get outside and enjoy everything Forest County has to offer by participating in our 2021 Active Outdoor Challenge!

To be more inclusive and to encourage all ages and abilities to participate, we are challenging Forest County residents to 100 hours of active outdoor time June 1st – August 31st.  Active outdoor time includes anything and everything outdoors in Forest county:  gardening, hiking, kayaking, playing pickleball, playing tag in the backyard, stargazing, swimming, bird watching, bike riding, fishing, etc. 

Share your progress online by using the hashtag #forestcountycan

Participants may begin to track their active outdoor hours beginning June 1st.  on our challenge tracker available for download below or you can pick up a paper copy of the tracker at Forest County public libraries and/or the Forest County Chamber.

Participants who submit a completed 100 active hours tracker by September 10th will be entered into a drawing for $100 worth of Forest County Chamber Bucks.

picture of 100 hours active outdoors tracker
Click image to download tracker

Like Forest County CAN! on Facebook to get more tips on being active in the outdoors. 

The Forest County Health Department reminds us that If you have questions about your health or your activity level, please talk with your doctor. 

2020 Virtual Trek Winner announced!

Congratulations to Forest County Trekker Julie Weber, the recipient of this year’s $100 community walking challenge gift card. Julie’s name was drawn from a hat that included the names of all 15 of the trekkers that completed the challenge of walking 120 miles across Forest County this past summer! Congrats Julie!

Forest County Trek Update

Congratulations to the following FIFTEEN trekkers that completed the 2020 virtual trek across Forest county! These fifteen Trekkers will now have their name entered into a drawing for a $100 VISA card provided by the Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition! Stay tuned for the winner announcement!

CWilson
Peanut42316
MissGuided
3stroiksandyoureout
EasierSaidThanRun
WalkForestWalk
Buster’sGal

woodswalker421
PCarter
GammieG
RunningFoCoFoSho
banditbeagles

Jewels
Caffeinatedflute
Cpalubicki

Forest County Trek Update

Hello Forest County Trekkers! Here is our August 25, 2020 update. Just a reminder that the trekking challenge ends August 31st – so keep logging your miles. Those trekkers that complete the challenge are entered to win a $100 gas card courtesy of the Forest County CAN Coalition! To-date there are 13 trekkers that have completed the challenge.

Congrats to banditbeagles and Caffeinatedflute for completing the trek challenge!

CWilson
Peanut42316
MissGuided
3stroiksandyoureout
EasierSaidThanRun
WalkForestWalk
Buster’sGal

woodswalker421
PCarter
GammieG
RunningFoCoFoSho

banditbeagles
Caffeinatedflute

Forest County Trek Update

Hello Forest County Trekkers! Here is our August 3, 2020 update.

We have ONE more trekker that has crossed the finish line! Congratulations to RunningFoCoFoSho! Congratulations and great job!

Please continue to update your mileage!

uwsp92, Mickishell and BearMc continue to move along our virtual trek and are headed towards that finish line. You can enter your mileage here!