Steps to Better Health Spotlight: Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program helps individuals improve in flexibility and motion. The exercises done are designed to support individuals with arthritis or pain from other health conditions. All exercises help support joint movement and are modifiable to an individual’s needs.  No matter if you are just starting to exercise for the first time, if you are re-starting to exercise, or if you regularly exercise, this program is beneficial for improving your health.

Why should you take this class?

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program uses modifiable exercises to help individuals with arthritis. Exercise is a great way to relieve pain from arthritis. These exercises help an individual develop a plan to improve wellness and manage their pain. The classes are only an hour and are offered multiple times a week to allow more opportunity for getting your recommended physical activity!

How do you participate in the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program?

Most Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) classes are offered on an ongoing basis (though some are offered in a set six-week increment).  You can contact your Regional Arthritis Center (RAC) to find out more about when bringing this class to your area.  If you live in the following areas, there is already one or more existing AFEP classes near you!

  • Northwest RAC: Bethany, Grant City, King City, Mound City, St. Joseph
  • Northeast RAC: Brookfield, Center, Chillicothe, Edina, Ewing, Hannibal, Kirksville, LaGrange, Macon, Milan, New London, Perry, Trenton
  • Kansas City RAC: Clinton, Odessa, Prairie Village, Riverside, Windsor
  • Central RAC: Columbia, Hermann, Jefferson City, Lincoln, Moberly, Owensville, Rolla, Warsaw, Waynesville
  • Southwest RAC: Appleton City, Ash Grove, Bolivar, Buffalo, Cabool, Carl Junction, Fair Grove, Gainsville, Marshfield, Mt. Vernon, Mountain Grove, Mountain View, Pierce City, Republic, Rogersville, Springfield, Stockton, Summersville, Webb City, Wheatland, Willard
  • Southeast RAC: Bloomfield, Cape Girardeau, Charleston, Doniphan, Ellington, Ellsinore, Ironton, Jackson, Marble Hill, Morley, New Madrid, Poplar Bluff, Portageville, Qulin, Sikeston, Van Buren, Williamsville, Winona

If you are interested in becoming a group leader for the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, contact your RAC to find out more information.  The Northeast RAC is holding an AFEP leader training on Saturday, 11/15 from 8:30-4:30 pm at the Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network (Kirksville).  You can call 660-626-2049 or email [email protected] to register/for more information.

You can always call our state toll-free line at 1-888-702-8818 for more information about the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program!

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