Policy Changes to Programs for Better Living in 2014

Thank you so much for your continued support and participation in delivering Arthritis Foundation Programs for Better Living. As the Arthritis Foundation continues to pursue growth of our physical activity programs, several changes have been made to the policies and procedures of the Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program; Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program; Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program and Walk With Ease Programs. These changes will remove some barriers and enhance the responsibility of the instructor without changing the program components.

Of particular note are the following:

  • Program Co-sponsorship agreement has been revised and is now optional. Instructors must carry professional liability insurance if not covered by their facility/employer.
  • Instructors are certified upon completion of a training workshop; the certification application form has been revised and now contains the Statement of Understanding.
  • Recertification for instructors is now every two years for all programs.

For more information and detail:  Program changes FAQs


Become a Program Instructor

Make a Difference!  You can help people in your community take control of their arthritis by offering high-quality arthritis exercise and education programs. The Arthritis Foundation offers 4 programs: Walk With Ease, Tai Chi, Exercise, and Aquatics. Each exercise program is evidence-based, backed by research proving their effectiveness and safety.  2014 Program Instructor Certification Training Workshops Coming Soon!

Program Prerequisites

To qualify as an instructor, you need to successfully complete an Arthritis Foundation training workshop. Both the Exercise Program and Walk With Ease programs offer online training options. The Exercise Program online training is available on the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) website at www.afaa.com/arthritisfoundation. To access the Walk With Ease online training, contact the local Arthritis Foundation office at (501) 708-2917.

While training prerequisites vary per program, you should also meet the following criteria:

  • Be certified in CPR
  • Have experience/education in health, exercise or fitness field (Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program)
  • Meet basic swim requirements or have lifeguard or water safety/rescue certification (Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program)
  • Be willing to commit to teaching at least one class series per year

Review the Position Descriptions and Statement of Understanding  for more information on each program.

Position Descriptions

Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program

Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program


Print and Mail Application

Training Certification Application


Complete the Pre-Training Module

*Please complete prior to attending your training.

Online pre-training module - username: arthritis password: training

Pre-training module - Print and complete

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