LIFT Exercise a Success at Texana!

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Lifelong Improvements Through Fitness Together (L.I.F.T.) is an evidence-based exercise program focused on helping older adults age in place. Texana Community Center hosted LIFT exercise classes, which were led by certified instructor and Family & Consumer Sciences Extension agent, Marlana Baker. During each hour long session, participants were guided through a warm up, 8 full body exercises, and cool down. Nutrition education and healthy recipes were provided at the end of each session. A Functional Fitness Test was conducted before and after the program for ten participants with the following results:

  • 100% improved in parameters of flexibility and balance
  • 90% improved in strength
  • 90% improved in endurance
Texana LIFT

Pictured above (left to right) in the back row: Instructor: Marlana Baker, FCS Agent, Marie Oliver, Brenda Blount, Kathy Leitner, Mattie Ann Brown, Mary Hall, Paulette Blackwell. Front row: Susie Oliver, Yvonne Allen, Patricia Brown, Ruby Allen, Zulia Allen. Not pictured: Debra Nicely

Participants were surveyed after the 8 week program with excellent results!

  • 80% consume more fruits and vegetables than before
  • 90% consume less sugar and sodium than before
  • 90% increased their physical activity
  • 100% increased knowledge of food safety
  • 100% are more likely to utilize local food sources
  • 100% are more likely to set personal goals
  • 100% would recommend L.I.F.T. to another person
Exercise Class

Here’s what participants had to say following the conclusion of the program:

I intend to continue at home to further do exercises that will help in my health walk. I really enjoyed the fellowship that we had with all the ladies that attended the program. Like I said before, I really hope we can continue with this program or something similar to it. It was great!!! “ – Zulia Allen

“A very good workout for everybody!” -Yvonne Allen

“I enjoyed this program and look forward to having another. I am a lot faster with the exercises now than when I started”. -Mary Hall

“I liked being around new people. This is a great program and I hope to have another (LIFT) program  to attend…I feel better in all areas. I’ve also pushed myself to eat better”. – Kathy Leitner


If you are interested in learning more about the LIFT Exercise Program, in being notified when another class is offered, or if you have questions, please fill out this survey.