What is StrongBodies?

The Extension StrongBodies Program is based on the StrongWomen Program that was created by Professors Miriam E. Nelson and Rebecca Seguin. StrongBodies will catalyze positive change in people of all ages to live stronger, healthier lives by providing knowledge, inspiration, access to programs, and ongoing support.

Why StrongBodies?

StrongBodies envisions a diverse community of individuals who are fit, strong, and healthy; in turn these empowered individuals become agents of change for their families, communities, and beyond.

Read how our program improved one participant’s life:

“If you would have told me I could say that 6 months ago, I would have told you it was not possible. Six months ago, I had just finished daily 30 Radiation treatments to my abdomen/pelvis, and two weeks of daily chemotherapy. I finished treatment at 109 pounds on my 5’6” frame, hairless and profoundly weak. I was having issues with continence, difficulty eating and felt like I had lost control of every aspect of my life.

I am now in my third set of classes. I am physically stronger, and able to do my normal daily activities without fear of falling. More importantly, I gained control of in my life. I discovered that my body and mind are resilient.”

Read our success stories & Visit our Facebook Page

Click the link to watch the StrongBodies WI Ambassador, Angela Flickinger lead a program on PBS’s University Place:

La Crosse County Extension – StrongBodies 2024

Our next StrongBodies session class dates: January 8 – March 13th. No Class January 15th for MLK.

Class Times: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 am – 10:20 am (60-minute class plus 20-minute optional education/socialization)

UW-Madison Extension Health and Wellbeing and FoodWIse program is continuing to offer an evidence-based FREE virtual strength training program titled StrongBodies using a zoom platform. No experience is necessary, and exercises are adaptable for all levels. Please feel free to share with others! Please do register again so that we can keep our email lists up to date.

In addition, if you wouldn’t mind answering the income questions, it would be a great help to sustain our program. If, however, you do not feel comfortable there is a prefer not to answer section. We do not share this with anyone, it is only asked because of our grant funding source. Thank you!

StrongBodies Virtual Registration link

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The login information will be in the immediate pop-up confirmation message. Please copy and save the information. A reminder email with login information will be sent on January 3rd so that it is at the top of your inbox.

Virtually: Your Home
Virtually: Holmen Community Center 600 N Holmen Drive Holmen, WI
In Person: WAFER Food Pantry 1603 George Street La Crosse, WI

Source and for more information about Healthy Eating & Active Living: UW Extension Strong Bodies

If you have any questions regarding StrongBodies in La Crosse County, please contact:

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Karie Johnson – Nutrition Coordinator 

FoodWIse La Crosse County
212 6th Street N, Suite 2200 | La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 785-9620 | Email:

Mary Hoeft-Leithold – Nutrition Educator
FoodWIse La Crosse County
212 6th Street N, Suite 2200 | La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 785-9593 | Email: