Walk with Ease

Walk with Ease

  • Dec 08, 2017
Walk with Ease


Walk with Ease Program Available to Iowans

[Des Moines, Iowa ] – The Iowa Physical Therapy Association and Community Health Partners are pleased to announce that they are the recipients of a grant that will help Iowans suffering from arthritis find help with the Walk With Ease Program.

Community Health Partners will offer one-on-one help to Iowans who would like to participate in the Walk With Ease Program starting Dec. 1, 2017. Walk With Ease is a structured walking program that teaches participants how to safely make physical activity part of their everyday life. The program is designed to help people living with arthritis better manage their pain and is also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a daily habit.

Walk With Ease is a structured walking program that offers support, information and tools to help participants develop successful exercise routines. Individuals can choose to do the program on their own with the help of a workbook or can join others in a six-week group series led by a certified leader. During the program, participants will learn proper stretching and pain management techniques as well as build stamina and walking pace. The program can even be modified to meet the needs of individual participants so each person can develop an exercise routine that fits their unique goals.

“Research shows that walking is not only good for joints but also helps improve the health of your heart, lungs and bones,” said Trina Radske-Suchan of Community Health Partners. “Walking can also help manage your weight by increasing the number of calories your body uses daily. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you will likely have success with Walk With Ease.”

The information and strategies taught in the Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program are based on research and tested programs in exercise science, behavior change and arthritis management. Updated and evaluated by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina, Walk With Ease is shown to increase balance, strength and walking pace as well as reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis. The program is also shown to build participant confidence to be physically active and improve overall health.

For more information on signing up, contact Community Health Partners at 515-512-9225. Before starting any exercise program, always check with your physician.

The Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program is one of several arthritis health education and exercise programs aimed at helping people take greater control of arthritis. For a listing of programs in your community, visit the Arthritis Foundation Web site at www.arthritis.org.

To view the Walk With Ease resources IPTA has put together, click here.

About the Iowa Physical Therapy Association

The Iowa Physical Therapy Association’s mission is to serve the membership and the public with excellence and integrity by advancing and promoting the practice of physical therapy through the coordination of advocacy, education and resources. The Iowa Physical Therapy Association was organized in 1940 and is one of the largest healthcare nonprofit associations in Iowa with approximately 1500 member PTs, PTAs and SPTs.

About Community Health Partners

Community Health Partners, LLC (CHP) is a community-based organization that focuses on community health across the spectrum of prevention. CHP was founded in April 2017 after working for 13 years prior in the medical-based fitness industry delivering physical and aquatic therapy services, chronic disease management programs and health coaching. CHP continues this work collaboratively with physicians, employers and community partners committed to sharing resources, expertise and vision for a healthier community. The CHP model is built upon a seamless integration of (a) clinical care, (b) community-based resources and (c) self-management coaching and education. CHP is supported by a team of physical therapists, nurses, dietitians, health coaches, fitness experts and community partners. We are impacting one person at a time, one community at a time.

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4 million readers per issue.