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, 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:
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).
Learn more about the training, click here.
Click here for flyer advertising the new training.
Click links below for training registration information:
Interested in becoming a Certified AF 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 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?
- Current CPR certification*
- Affiliation with a teaching faciilty (location where program will be offered)
- Attend an Arthritis Foundation Instructor Training Workshop (or successfully complete an AF instructor online training)
*Aquatics Program has additional requirements in order to become an instructor
Instructor Training Workshops (Recertification/Certification)
Certification Form (to be used only for those who trained prior to 2014)
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 or go here to learn more about the NEW online AFEP Instructor Training
Tai Chi Program (New Certifications and Recertifications)
Check back for 2014 dates
Aquatics Program (New Certifications and Recertifications)
Check back for 2014 dates
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 below 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.