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!
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
Interested in becoming a Certified Program Instructor?
Join the Arthritis Foundation to become a Certified Leader or Instructor of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise, Tai Chi, Aquatic or Walk with Ease Programs. Learn how to help others take control of their arthritis through these valuable programs.
Become a leader or instructor to plan and lead quality Arthritis Foundation classes for people with arthritis. Review the position descriptions for more information.
The Arthritis Foundation Exercise, Aquatic, Tai Chi, and Walk with Ease Program Leader/Instructor Trainings will provide you with the in-depth knowledge necessary to successfully lead these classes. Training curricula includes:
• Principles of exercise physiology and exercise movement or aquatic exercise
• Joint protection and safety principles
• Communication skills
• Group dynamics
What is required to become a certified AF Program instructor?
Training Workshop Information (Recertification/Certification)
2013 Programs for Better Living
Instructor Training Dates
Aquatics Program (New Certifications and Recertifications)
December 6, 2013 - Jonesboro, GA
REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED
Walk With Ease Program (New Certifications and Recertifications)
These trainings are offered online only. Click here for additional leader/instructor information
Exercise Program (New Certifications and Recertifications)
Check back for 2014 dates
Tai Chi Program (New Certifications and Recertifications)
Check back for 2014 dates
If you are teaching in an approved Georgia facility, there will be no charge for the trainings*
*An approved facility is one in which a co-sponsorship agreement (contract) has been established with the Arthritis Foundation.
Resources for Program Instructors
New Marketing Materials
Customizable marketing materials are available to promote your classes. Brochures, ads, and flyers are available for each program. Click here for these materials:
Data Collection Forms
Please use these forms to submit required quarterly data.
The Arthritis Foundation is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to show how many people benefit from our programs. We rely on the quarterly reports from our partners to measure program growth and to ensure continued federal support.