Offering Programs

Thank you for your interest in offering programs designed to help people take control of their arthritis. Whether you’re a current program leader or partner facility or just looking for more information on becoming a leader or partner facility, here’s where you’ll find the information on how to get and stay involved!

Programs Offered

The Arthritis Foundation offers 4 community based programs: Walk With Ease, Tai Chi, Exercise, and Aquatics. Each exercise program is evidence-based, backed by research proving their effectiveness and safety.

For more information on the Arthritis Foundation Programs for Better Living, services and , educational events in Florida,  please contact Florida Chapter Vice President of Mission Delivery,  Susan Cuellar: 800-850-9455; scuellar@arthritis.org

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, Exercise Program, Tai Chi Program and Walk With Ease Program. 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 Policy Changes


Get Involved As A Partner Site

The Arthritis Foundation Programs for Better Living are proven to decrease the pain and limitations of arthritis. As an official Arthritis Foundation program partner, you are able to serve the needs of the growing number of people in your community with arthritis and promote your organization as a leader in offering high quality, arthritis education and exercise programs.

Why offer Arthritis Foundation Programs

Steps to Offering Arthritis Foundation Programs

Arthritis Foundation Co-Sponsorship Agreement Updated for 2014


Get Involved As An Instructor/Leader

Make a Difference!  You can help people in your community take control of their arthritis by offering high-quality arthritis exercise and education programs

Program Prerequisites

To qualify as an instructor, you need to successfully complete an Arthritis Foundation training workshop (see individual program information below).

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

Other desirable characteristics include:

  • Personal or professional experience working with people with arthritis or disabilities
  • Interest in working with groups
  • Interest in health, exercise and a proactive approach to health manage

Please review Leader/Instructor Position Description and Requirements before submitting application


Incorporates the buoyancy of water and the soothing warmth of a heated pool to make a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. Gentle movements increase joint flexibility and range of motion, while new exercise variations help build stronger muscles and overall stamina. For those seeking a more challenging workout, resistance equipment and a deep water option can be incorporated. The ability to swim is not required for classes in shallow water. Led by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors.

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
Instructor/Leader Training Workshops

Dates and Location TBA



Gentle, joint-safe exercises developed specifically for people with arthritis to help relieve stiffness, decrease arthritis pain and improve balance. The course incorporates the optional use of resistance bands and weights for an added workout as well as interactive health education lessons and stress-reducing relaxation techniques to help participants better manage their arthritis. The low-impact exercises can be done while sitting, standing or on the floor. Led by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Instructor/Leader Training Workshop

Dates and Location TBA

Introducing the NEW online Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Instructor Training (AFEP)

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Instructor Training is now available in a 5-hour “online” format. The training content is the same as AF’s “in-person” trainings and is only available for those looking to newly certify as an instructor (not intended as a recertification training).

Click here for flyer advertising the new training.

Click links below for training registration information:

Live AFEP instructor training, go to LQA online icon and select Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program http://www.afaa.com/322.afa

On Demand AFEP instructor training, go to e-AFAA icon and select menu for 5-9 CEUs (AFEP will be listed under 7CEUs-AFAA Provider) http://www.e-afaa.com/102.e-afaa


 Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program®

 This program is designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis using Sun style Tai Chi, one of the four major recognized styles of Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements don't require deep bending or squatting, which makes it easier and more comfortable to learn.

The program itself consists of 12 movements — 6 basic and 6 advanced — a warm up and a cool down. Once becoming familiar with the 12 movements, the program is designed to provide continual challenge by reversing the direction of the movements.

This program was derived and adapted from the Tai Chi for Arthritis program and includes copyrighted materials belonging to Dr. Paul Lam and Tai Chi Productions. http://www.taichiforarthritis.com/

 Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program
Instructor/Leader Training Workshop

For more Information please contact:
Susan Cuellar, Phone:  (800) 850-79455,  Extension 11; email:  SCuellar@arthritis.org
Tai Chi Master Trainer Tony Garcia, Phone:  (305) 454-1461, email:  tony@miamitaichi.com
Tai Chi Master Trainer Patricia Lawson, Phone:  (772) 260-3365, email: taichilawson@gmail.com   
Tai Chi Master Trainer Susan Scheuer, Phone: (941)351-2457 email: susanscheuer@gmail.com
Tai Chi Master Trainer Betty Scanlon, Phone: (941)351-2457 email: TaiChi@comcast.net


The Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program is a community-based physical activity and self-management education program. It can be done by individuals using the Walk with Ease workbook on their own, or by groups led by trained leaders. Both the individual and group formats are set up as a structured six-week program. While walking is the central activity, Walk with Ease is a multi-component program that also includes health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational strategies. Group sessions include socialization time, pre-walk informational lecturettes, warm up and cool downs and a 10-35 minute walking period.

The Walk with Ease materials are based on programs which have been successfully implemented in research settings and have resulted in such benefits as increased physical activity, increased walking distance and speed, decreased pain and decreased depression.

Walk with Ease FAQ’s


Walk with Ease Leader Information and Qualifications

Walk with Ease On-line Leader Training Information

Instructor Notice!! - Interested in Walk with Ease Leader Training – contact Susan at 800-850-9455 x11 or scuellar@arthritis.org to see if you qualify for FREE Training.                                                                    


Information for Current Leaders, Instructors and Facility Partners

The Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter values our relationship with all of our leaders, instructors, trainers and facility partners.  Because of your time and dedication, we are able to improve the lives of the 4.3 million Floridians living with arthritis. 

Update your current facility information and program schedule here

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Program Forms and Participant Releases

Program Information form
NEW Participant release form
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For more information on the Arthritis Foundation Life Improvement Series,
Florida Chapter programs and service, educational events
please contact Florida Chapter Vice President of Mission Delivery,
Susan Cuellar: 800-850-9455; scuellar@arthritis.org