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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

Why Osteoarthritis? Heading link

Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability among older adults. Lower extremity joint impairment experienced by many older adults with OA is a known risk factor for future disability.

The Fit & Strong! program staff work with providers and instructors to roll out the program across the United States. Learn more about the evidence and benefits of Fit & Strong! here, or contact us to learn more.