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How Walking Can Ease Arthritis Symptoms

Today, 30.8 million people—1 in almost every 10 American adults—have osteoarthritis (OA), a serious disease that mainly affects the hands, knees, and hips in adults. OA rates are expected to increase in the years ahead as baby boomers age, and the effects of the obesity epidemic continue to manifest.

Osteoarthritis is common, expensive, and a leading cause of disability … but it also can be prevented and managed.

Whether you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, the Arthritis Foundation’s six-week Walk With Ease (WWE) program can teach you how to safely and comfortably make physical activity part of your everyday life.

WWE is an evidence-based program proven to:

  • Reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis
  • Increase balance, strength, and walking pace
  • Build confidence in your ability to be physically active
  • Improve overall health

The Walk With Ease program is offered as an instructor-led class that meets three times a week, or you can do it on your own. Both formats of the program are guided by the Walk With Ease Workbook. The Workbook includes:

  • Self-assessments for measuring your progress
  • Action plans for setting goals
  • Activity logs for tracking your walks
  • Information about the importance of physical activity for people with arthritis
  • Strategies for arthritis symptom management
  • Tips for safe walking, warm-up, and cool-down exercises

There also is a Walk With Ease mobile app and other online videos of exercises and other online tools.

More information about osteoarthritis and about the Walk With Ease Program is available at the OsteoArthritis Action Alliance website. To help decide if Walk With Ease is right for you, watch the “Class Zero” orientation video below or visit the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease website.

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About Mary Altpeter

Mary Altpeter is based at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the Project Manager for the Center’s 5-year Centers for Disease Control grant, Advancing Arthritis Public Health Approaches through National Organizations: Expanding and Sustaining the Dissemination and Delivery of Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based Interventions.

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