UAMS Center on Aging-Northeast Offering Free ‘Walk With Ease’ Classes Jan. 22 in Harrisburg

By Ben Boulden

Pre-registration for the six-week, Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease course is required. For more information, contact Melissa Blaske at 870-207-7595 or email

Walk With Ease is a structured walking program that teaches participants how to safely make physical activity part of their everyday life. It is designed to help people living with arthritis better manage their pain and is ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a daily habit.

“Research shows that walking is not only good for joints, but also helps improve the health of the heart, lungs and bones,” said Melissa Blaske, R.N., outreach coordinator for the UAMS Center on Aging-Northeast. “Walking can also help manage weight, which can reduce one’s risk for arthritis in the knee, heart disease and diabetes. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you will most likely have success with Walk With Ease.”

Walk With Ease offers support, information and tools to help participants develop successful exercise routines. A free walking guidebook will be provided to participants who register early for this class. Participants will learn proper stretching and pain management techniques, as well as build stamina and walking pace. The program can be modified to meet the needs of individuals so each person can develop an exercise routine that fits their goals.

The information and strategies taught in the Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program are based on research and tested programs in exercise science, behavior change and arthritis management.

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