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 for details.

Trail of the Day- Laura Lake Walking Trail

Today’s Trail of the day is the Laura Lake Walking Trail! From Laona, follow US Highway 8 northeast for 14 miles. Turn left on FR 2163 and drive 5 miles north to Laura Lake Campground. Parking is available for 7 vehicles! Bring your binoculars and immerse yourself in this breathtaking trail today!

Do you know of any trails in/near the Forest County area that you would like us to post about? Let us know!

P.S. Don’t forget to track your hiking progress for the 100 hours of Active Outdoors challenge for a chance to win $100 chamber bucks! For more information, visit!

Trail of the Day- Scott Lake Trail

Happy Saturday folks!

Today’s trail of the day, we are featuring the Scott Lake Trail! Take a peaceful stroll looking at Beaked Hazelnut, Red Elder, Fly Honeysuckle, Wood Sorrel, Bunchberry, and Narrow Beech ferns! For trail access, from Hiles, head south on Highway 32 to Forest Road 2174, then north on 2174 for 5.5 miles to Forest Road 2183. Finally, head east on 2183 for 6 miles to the trailhead! Also nearby is the Shelp Lake boardwalk which will take you over a floating bog! Adventure around this area today!

Trail of the Day- Otter Springs Recreation and Hiking Area

Trail of the day is the Otter Springs Recreation and Hiking Area! The trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon, off of Highway 8, north on 2378, and is entirely on Forest County land! With two beginner loops at 1.25 and .75 miles long, the trail offers a scenic 3-mile loop for more experienced hikers! Seize the day and hike these trails today!

P.S. Don’t forget to track those hiking hours in our 100 hours of Active Outdoors challenge! Visit (this website) for more information!

Trail of the Day-Nicolet North Trail

Did you know that the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods?!

The Nicolet North Trail just so happens to be located in the midst of this vibrant wonderland. Today’s Trail of the day features the Nicolet North Trail! This trail is located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460 and south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. A favorite trail for cross-country skiers, hikers, and mountain bike enthusiasts explore the thirteen miles of trail that are groomed and tracked in winter for skiing (traditional-style as well as ski-skating style) and hiking!

P.S.- Don’t forget to keep tracking those hiking hours for the 100 hours of Active Outdoors challenge for a chance to win $100 chamber bucks! More information can be found on this website!

Trail of the Day- Knowles Creek Interpretive Trail

Did you know that Loon’s eyes change color according to season?!

These creatures are just one of many majestic bird species you will be able to find at the Knowles Creek Interpretive Trail! Located 9.5 miles east of Wabeno on Highway C to Forest Road 3132 and south on 3132 for a 1/2 mile. This is a 3/4 mile barrier-free, interpretive trail that follows the north shore of Knowles Creek impoundment! Spend the afternoon observing wildlife in the state-designated watchable wildlife viewing area! For more information, visit the Forest County Chamber website!

BONUS Trail of the Day!

Today we are featuring kayak launches and river routes in and around Forest County. Using the interactive map, Paddle the Forest of Wisconsin, we crafted a summary of kayak launch sites and routes for you all to enjoy! This user-friendly website utilizes precision mapping to give you directions to each launch!

Check it out here!…) or visit the Forest County Website!

Looking to take the boat to a new lake around Forest County? Paddle the Forest Wisconsin also has a comprehensive list with directions!

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For additional information on lakes, streams, wetlands, and anything water, check out this brochure (…)

-Happy Paddling!

Trail of the Day-Halley Creek Bird Trail

Good morning folks and happy Wednesday!

Today we are featuring the Halley Creek Bird Trail! This trail is located 5 miles east of Blackwell on Goodman Park Road to Forest Road 2103 and then south on 2103 to the trailhead. While only a 1-mile loop in total, it showcases the four various habitats of Wisconsin with affiliated bird species! Grab your binoculars and check out this trail today! For more information, visit the Forest County Chamber website!

Remember to keep tracking your hours in the 100 hours of Active Outdoor challenge for a chance to win $100 chamber bucks! To track your hours or find out more information, please visit!