Fit & Strong! is a low-cost, evidence-based, multiple component exercise program for older adults with osteoarthritis. This 8-week program is an effective, engaging, and fun group physical activity and behavior change program aimed to improve physical activity engagement as well as lower extremity strength and mobility.
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! works with providers across the country to deliver an eight-week program that improves:
- Lower extremity stiffness
- Lower extremity pain
- Lower extremity strength
- Aerobic capacity
- Participation in exercise and caloric expenditure
- Self-Efficacy for Exercise