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Free Arthritis Program Offered Through Metro Parks & Recreation

Thursday September 26, 2013

Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation Senior Services will begin offering the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at four community and senior centers, beginning the week of September 30.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health and Department of Aging and Independent Living received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand the availability of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in Kentucky. Funds from the grant are used in part to pay for the cost of training and certifying staff who lead the classes.

The free program, sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, is a community-based, recreational group exercise and education program designed specifically for people with arthritis and related diseases. The program’s multiple components help reduce pain and stiffness, and help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength and functional ability.

Classes are 45 minutes to an hour in length and meet twice a week for eight weeks. A second eight-week session will be offered in January. Metro Parks & Recreation staff members, trained and certified by the Arthritis Foundation in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, will lead the classes.

Each class includes a variety of exercises that can be performed while sitting, standing or lying on the floor; endurance-building routines; relaxation exercises; and health education topics. Individuals from basic to advanced capabilities will benefit from the program.

For more information, call Metro Parks & Recreation Senior Services: 574-2646

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will be offered at the following locations/times:

Flaget Senior Center

4425 Greenwood Avenue

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10–11 a.m.

Newburg Community Center

4810 Exeter Avenue

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11–11:45 a.m.

Shelby Park Community Center

600 East Oak Street

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10–11 a.m.

Sun Valley Community Center

6505 Bethany Lane

Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:15–1 p.m.