About the Program

The Arthritis Foundation’s program that is proven to reduce the pain of arthritis and improve your overall health 

No matter if you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, the Arthritis Foundation’s six week Walk With Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. The program includes a guidebook and a walking schedule to get you safely moving toward better health. 

Studies by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina show that Walk With Ease is proven to: 

  • Reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis 

  • Increase balance, strength and walking pace 

  • Build confidence in your ability to be physically active 

  • Improve overall health 

The Walk With Ease program is offered as a self-guided course or in a community setting. Choose the format that best suits you. 

Experience Walk With Ease

Developed by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina, the Walk With Ease program can be experienced on your own or with a group. The online tools you’ll find here are resources that accompany the program and are not meant to be completed alone. To complete the program on your own, purchase the popular Walk With Ease guidebook or to participate in a group, locate a Walk With Ease program in your local community. 

Improve Your Health

Comprehensive studies demonstrate that Walk With Ease reduces pain, increases balance and strength and improves your overall health. The program will help motivate you to get in great shape and allow you to walk safely and comfortably.  

Self-Guided Format

Complete the program on your own by purchasing the guidebook in the Arthritis Foundation Online Store for only $11.95 (Spanish-language version also available.) It includes all the tools you need to: 

  • Develop a walking plan that will meet your needs 
  • Stay motivated 
  • Manage your pain 
  • Learn to exercise safely 

In-Person Community Format

WWE group sessions meet three times per week for 6 weeks.  Trained group exercise leaders begin each session with a pre-walk discussion covering a specified topic related to exercise and arthritis, followed by a 10- to 40-minute walk that includes a warm-up and a cool-down. 

To find a class near you, call 800-571-4357. You can also learn more about becoming a certified leader

 

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Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 


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