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Welcome to Fit & Strong! ® Heading link

Fit & Strong! class in session.

Fit & Strong! (F&S) is a group physical activity and behavior change program for persons with arthritis.

The program consists of 24 sessions each 90 minutes. The first 60 minutes focus on flexibility, low-impact aerobics, and strength training to improve lower body function. The remaining 30 minutes consist of health education and group problem solving using a structured curriculum.

Participants develop personalized action plans to maintain physical activity and progress after the class ends. F&S is effective, engaging, and fun – the program has high retention and attendance rates.

Fit & Strong! ® helps participants: Heading link

Class Discussion
  • Gain a clear understanding of what osteoarthritis is and how physical activity that is tailored to the needs of persons with arthritis can help them manage arthritis symptoms
  • Learn to perform safe stretching, balance, aerobic and strengthening, exercises which gradually increase in frequency, duration, and intensity over time
  • Incorporate physical activity into their lifestyles by exercising three times/week for 1 hour
  • Reduce arthritis symptoms
  • Develop individualized, tailored, multiple component physical activity programs that are sustainable after the program ends
  • Maintain independent functioning

What people are saying about Fit & Strong! ® Heading link

“The exercise has made it possible for me to have better movement in joints with less pain.”  (Participant)

“As an instructor, I will praise the program for its usability and its proven results.  The program has added another level to our exercise programming at the Senior Center.”  (Instructor)

“The program truly empowers and inspires people to go physically beyond what they thought was possible.  All the participants leave with a new found confidence in their health and physical abilities.”  (Provider)

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