The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program is an evidence-based behavior change and walking program that incorporates stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, goal setting to help participants walk safely and effectively. Researchers at the OA Action Alliance were instrumental in developing the format and content of the program, as well evaluating its effectiveness. Since 2016, we have been amassing a library of resources and tools to support organizations in their adoption and implementation of the program. The following Toolkit provides additional guidance on how to use the library of resources and successfully implement Walk With Ease.
This Toolkit is designed for program administrators across a variety of community sectors, such as community-based organizations, health departments, health care systems, and worksites interested in offering the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program (WWE). WWE is a six-week, low-impact, evidence-based physical activity program for adults with arthritis (although adults without arthritis are also encouraged to participate). Contents of this Toolkit include educational information about osteoarthritis (OA) and arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions (AAEBIs), as well program-related resources that you can use to market, implement, and evaluate Walk With Ease. You are welcome to download the materials and adapt them to your needs.
The 8 modules of the Toolkit are independently designed such that users can engage with the content as their own interests and needs guide them. Modules do not need to be viewed consecutively. The modules highlight and provide context for many, but not all of the diverse resources available on the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance’s Resource Library for Community Partners.