The Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program is a 6-week evidenced-based program. It was developed to help individuals create and implement a walking plan to meet their particular needs. People with any chronic condition who can be on their feet without increased pain for 10 minutes can benefit from this program. Walk with Ease was created in order to help boost participant energy, reduce stress and control weight.
"When I started the program, I was afraid to walk very far because of my knee pain. But Walk with Ease helped me start slow and gradually build up. Now I am confident in my ability to walk easily without making my arthritis worse." -- class participant
About Walk with Ease
Meets 3 times a week for 6 weeks
Sessions are 45 minutes to 1 hour (consist of a short discussion session and a walk)
Small group (12-15 participants)
Peer-led (non-health care professional) self-management workshop
Promotes empowerment by teaching behavior management
Addresses topics such as:
o Pain management
o Exercise and stretching safety
o Proper clothing and shoes
o Self-monitoring for physical problems
o Overcoming barriers to physical activity
o Goal setting
Walk With Ease Participant Online ToolsThe first phase of the Walk With Ease online tools allow participants to log in to access interactive versions of the contract, starting-point and ending-point self-tests. The self-tests offer the option to compare starting and ending points to easily see progress.