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.

Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together will take place from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 25 and continuing through March 22 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Market St., Mercer.

Participants are asked to arrive at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 to complete the registration packet. Participation may result in improvements in functional fitness or the ability to perform activities of daily living with ease

“LIFT” sessions 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.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. To request accommodations or to ask questions about the physical access provided, contact Katherine French at 724-662-3141 in advance.

Cost of the program is $60. Some insurance policies may reimburse participants with 80 percent or better attendance; those attending should check with their insurance provider for more information.

Register in advance online with any major credit card at or call toll free 1-877-345-0691 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration deadline is Jan 18.

Info: Mercer Extension Office at 724-662-3141 or by email at

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