Arthritis Interventions

Implementing Arthritis Interventions in Local Park and Recreation Agencies

Arthritis Foundation LogoThe National Recreation and Park Association is proud to partner with the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) and Walk with Ease (WWE) interventions through sub-awards to twenty-four local park and recreation agencies. Through the first year of this initiative we expect that an additional 2,000 people will participate in these evidence-based programs. NRPA will highlight key successes, challenges, and lessons learned from grantees to encourage replication of the interventions in other local park and recreation agencies. Communities funded in the first year of this program include:

  • Norwich Recreation Department, CT
  • South Suburban Parks and Recreation, CO
  • City of Colorado Springs, CO
  • Hyland Hills Park & Recreation District, CO
  • Orange County Park and Recreation, FL
  • City of St. Petersburg, Office on Aging, Health and Elder Resource, FL
  • City of Davenport Parks & Recreation, IA
  • New Lenox Community Park District, IL
  • Munster Parks & Recreation, IN
  • New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches, MA
  • Durham Parks and Recreation, NC
  • Lincoln Parks & Recreation, NE
  • Las Vegas Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services, NV
  • Neptune Parks & Recreation, NJ
  • Bowling Green Parks & Recreation, OH
  • Westerville Parks & Recreation Department, OH
  • Worthington Parks & Recreation, OH
  • Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation, OK
  • City of Memphis Parks & Recreation, TN
  • McAllen Parks & Recreation, TX
  • Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, VA
  • Seattle Parks & Recreation, WA
  • Madison School & Community Recreation, WI
  • Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District, WV

For more information on Walk with Ease (WWE) visit: or

For more information on Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) visit:

For questions please contact Kellie May.