MERCER – Penn State Extension will offer an in-person and group-based strength-training program for inactive to moderately active adults aged 40 and older.

LIFT – which stands for Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together – will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. from Sept. 17 through Nov. 14 at the Penn State Extension Office, 463 N. Perry Highway (Route 19), northg Mercer. Participation may result in improvements in functional fitness or the ability to perform activities of daily living with ease

LIFT sessions are held twice a week for one hour over the course of eight weeks and include an active warmup, eight core strength-training exercises and a cool-down period. The program also encourages participants to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Strength training offers physical, mental and emotional benefits including increased muscle mass and strength; improved bone density; reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures; reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity; and improved self-confidence, sleep and vitality.

Anyone who needs any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should call Katherine French at 724-662-3141 in advance of their participation or visit.

The program costs $60. Some insurance policies may reimburse participants with 80 percent or better attendance; those attending should check with their insurance provider for more information. There will be an informational meeting about the program and to register at at 10 a.m. today at the extension office.

To register, visit or call toll free 1-877-345-0691 weekdays from 8 am-5:00 pm. Sept. 10 is the deadline. For more information, contact the Mercer Extension Office at 724-662-3141 or by email at:

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