The Arthritis Foundation developed the Walk With Ease (WWE) project as a group-walking program to encourage people with arthritis to start walking and stay motivated to keep active. The program, a key self-management strategy for people with arthritis, has been linked to reduced pain, improved function, mental health and health-related quality of life.
The program was developed for people with arthritis who want to increase their physical activity levels and for people with other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, who want to be more active.
During the six -week program, groups of up to participants meet three times a week. They begin each class with a health education session on an arthritis or exercise-related topic, followed by stretching activities and a 10–35 minute walk. Participants receive WWE educational materials and tools to supplement the group classes. A self-directed version of the program is also available, using the workbook and materials from the group classes.
A CDC-funded randomized clinical trial found that WWE:
- Reduced arthritis symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and fatigue.
- Improved strength, balance, and walking pace.
- Reduced disability.
- Increased confidence in the ability to manage arthritis. Learn more
For more information visit Walk With Ease.