Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Coming to Dunbar Rec Center

Deloris Wilder, Director of Health & Wellness, West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, and Robin Barnes, Health & Wellness Coordinator, Kanawha Valley Senior Services, are teaming up to teach the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at the Dunbar Rec Center, Dunbar, WV, which began March 20.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. The routine include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level.

 Wilder has been certified to teach the program since 2005, while Barnes was certified in February. “Although many (people) that participate do have arthritis, others can benefit.  The classes can help improve range of motion and reduce pain.” Barnes says. In addition, class participants have also experienced less fatigue, more confidence in their ability to do the tasks of daily living, increased social activity and fewer doctor and emergency visits.

 “Offering evidence-based programs, such as the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, helps us address a leading cause of disability in our state - arthritis,” Wilder said.

The classes, which are free of charge, will be held two days a week - on Wednesday and Friday – from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information contact Deloris Wilder at (304) 558-3317 or Robin Barnes at (304) 348-0707.

Before beginning any exercise program, talk with your doctor or health care provider first.


Deloris Wilder (r) and Robin Barnes (c) practice program exercises with Ruth Simmons, Social Worker at Kanawha Valley Senior Services (l).


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