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 leader or instructor to plan and lead quality Arthritis Foundation classes for people with arthritis. Review the Position Descriptions and Statement of Understanding  for more information on each program.

Position Descriptions

Aquatic | Exercise | Tai Chi | Walk With Ease

Statement of Understandings

Aquatic | Exercise | Tai Chi | Walk With Ease 


Attend an Arthritis Foundation Instructor Training to become certified to teach the Arthritis Foundation fitness programs.  Each certification has it's own training and requirements.  Please see the training calendar for registration details and training information.



Customizable marketing materials are available to promote your classes.  Brochures, flyers, and press releases are available for each program. Please complete the order form to order the brochures, books and other materials from our office.  All other materials can be downloaded below. 

Customizable Program Flyers

AquaticExercise | Tai Chi | Walk With Ease - Caucasian | Walk With Ease - Hispanic  | Walk With Ease - Africian American

Press Releases

Aquatic | Exercise | Walk With Ease | All Programs for Better Living

Program Descriptions for class calendars

Short Versions

Long Versions

Brochures - available for purchase through the Arthritis Foundation 

AquaticExercise | Tai Chi | Walk With Ease



After you have completed your instructor training requirement you are ready to send in your Leader/Instructor Training and Certification Application and a copy of your CPR certification and receive your certificate!  Here is the form you need to complete:

Leader/Instructor Training and Certification Application

Quarterly Report Forms   

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 attendance reports from our partners to measure program growth and to ensure continued federal support. Please use the NEW Participant Release and Program Information Forms each quarter for each class you offer. See the instructions for more information.


Begin teaching your program in your community and offer all the Arthritis Foundation resources to your participants.  More detailed information will be sent with your certificate, but here are forms you can use in your classes.

Do you need to get more information on a specific type of arthritis or are your participants asking for more information?  If so you can fill out an Educational Material Request Form and return it to the Nashville Arthritis Foundation office for fulfillment.  Your information will come to your house in just a few weeks!

Other Resources:

 Arthritis Foundation E-Advocate Sign-up Sheet

Arthritis Ambassador Sign-up Sheet

Track + React poster



Visit the Arthritis Foundation Programs for Better Living Tennessee Facebook Page!  You can find us through our Tennessee Facebook page at


Arthritis Foundation Tennessee Chapter on Facebook



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