Since 2013, NRPA, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been providing grants to local park and recreation (P&R) agencies to deliver the Walk with Ease (WWE), Active Living Every Day (ALED), and Fit & Strong! (F&S!) arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions (AAEBIs). These programs:

  • Help people in your community become and maintain physically active lifestyles
  • Provide a safe location for physical activity in your service area
  • Attract new audiences to your agency
  • Provide opportunities for funding and community partnerships
  • Increase the probability of reaching adults struggling to become physically active

Walk With Ease (WWE)

Active Living Every Day (ALED)

  • Behavior-change program for sedentary adults 
  • 12-week program (one 1-hr class per week, participant booklets)
  • Active Living Every Day Facilitator Training (online)
  • Active Living Every Day Best Practices Guide

Fit & Strong! (F&S!)

  • Combines physical activity with health education for sedentary adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis 
  • 8 or 12-week  program (two to three 1.5-hr classes per week, participant booklets and equipment)
  • Fit & Strong! Leader Training (online)

Dissemination and Reach of Arthritis interventions

Park and recreation agencies are seen as assets and important health and wellness  change agents in their communities. They provide optimal settings for individuals to engage in a wide range of physical activity programs. To date, 155 agencies representing 45 states and American Samoa have made commitments to implement arthritis evidence-based physical activity programs. 

Impact Map: Evidence-Based Physical Activity Programs

How Do You Promote Healthy Aging in Parks? Contest

The Healthy Aging in Parks Contest is back! Between February 2018 and October 2018, showcase how your agency is engaging and empowering older adults in your community to live healthier lives.

Each  month, submit a 300-500 words success story and photo(s) for a chance to win a $100 visa gift card to support the physical activity program, and have your story featured on social media and NRPA’s Healthy Aging in Parks webpage, blogs, articles, etc.

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Healthy Aging in Parks

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For more information and questions please contact Lesha Spencer-Brown.

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