A new 12-week session of Strong Women & Men, an exercise program, will begin Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in the conference room of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Idaho St.

A new 12-week session of Strong Women & Men, an exercise program, will begin Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in the conference room of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Idaho St.

The exercises are led by Mary Ann Kizer, family and consumer sciences agent, Barbara Voris, Jane Black, Jo Ann Carr, and Marnette Reed, certified volunteers. The program is appropriate for adults of any age who are either sedentary or very active.

The Strong Women & Men Program was developed by Dr. Miriam E. Nelson and Dr. Rebecca Sequin at Tufts University at Boston, Mass. Nelson and Sequin will be at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs for the Strong Women Rally on Oct. 15.

Research shows that a program of strength training not only improves bone density but reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms, improves brain activity, and increases flexibility and strength.

There is a $12 charge for the Strong Women program. Participants may call Kizer at 870-534-1033 or e-mail mkizer@uaex.edu for more information.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.