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Walk With ease

Move More & Sit Less

Add Walking as Part of Your Daily Routine to Obtain Health Benefits

Do you want to be more physically active?

Do you have a chronic health condition?

Is pain limiting your life or work activites?

Sign up for Walk with Ease!

Take the first step towards reduced pain, improved balance and strength, increased physical activity, and improved confidence in one's ability to manage musculoskeletal conditions.

Why Enroll in Walk With Ease?

 

Walk with Ease is a CDC-recommended walking program that includes a guidebook with health education information, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational tips and tools to help people increase balance, reduce pain, improve mental health, and increase flexibility and overall physical health.

 

Applicable to these Adults:

 

  • Adults who are inactive and interested in increasing physical activity levels

  • Adults with musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis and back pain

  • Adults who work remotely or in an office

  • Adults who are interested in the flexibility of a self-directed program to walk at their own pace and speed

  • Adults who have been encouraged by their health care provider to safely increase their exercise as a way to manage specific health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure

Walking Club

Scan the QR code to register

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Participants are accepted as “first-come, first-served”.

If you have questions about the program, please email info@drhhealthfoundation.org

Get the Proven Benefits of Physical Activity!

The Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program was developed to help people with or without arthritis form walking groups whose goals are safety and success. The program’s three major objectives are to provide participants with:

  • education about successful physical activity for people

  • education about arthritis management

  • opportunity to begin and develop an ongoing aerobic fitness program

 

Walk with Ease’s information and strategies are based on research and tested programs in exercise science, behavior change, and arthritis management. Sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation based on work done at Stanford University’s Center for Research in Disease Prevention, the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina have developed Walk with Ease as a program with proven benefits.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Groups meet for 6 weeks, 3 times per week. Each session lasts approximately one hour. The length of each session depends on how long your group decides to walk. At the start, some people may only be able to walk 5 to 15 minutes, but the program will help you gradually build up to at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week. The program can be modified to meet the interests and needs of participants, who walk at their own pace.

Each session begins with a brief discussion of a topic important to successful walking or arthritis management. After the discussion, the group will warm up, stretch, walk, cool down, and stretch one last time. Walking with a group is fun, and groups often spend additional time socializing.

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

The Walk with Ease Program is designed for people with arthritis – all ages, male and female, fit and not-so-fit. It is also suitable for those without arthritis who would like to begin a regular walking program to gain the benefits of regular aerobic exercise.

 

If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased

pain, you can probably participate successfully, and the program can be modified to meet your needs.

If you want to participate but have concerns about your health, consult your healthcare provider before you begin.

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