Arthritis Management Programs

The Montana Arthritis Program collaborates with local organizations to implement Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) arthritis-approved evidence-based exercise and self-management program in communities throughout Montana.

Arthritis-approved evidence-based programs have shown to help treat and manage arthritis and other related conditions symptoms. Participants that attend the arthritis exercise and self-management programs have shown improvement in reducing their arthritis symptoms, such as pain.


Arthritis Exercise Programs

Studies show that physical activity can reduce pain and improve function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis. Being physically active can also delay the onset of arthritis-related disability. Physical activity is also important for the management of other chronic conditions that are common among adults with arthritis, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Walk with Ease

The Arthritis Foundation created the Walk with Ease program. Although the Arthritis Foundation supports the Walk with Ease program, anyone is welcome to participate in the Walk with Ease program, regardless having arthritis or not.

Walking eases arthritis

Walk with Ease Class Structure

  • 6-week walking program
  • Offered in two formats:
    • Group (instructor-led); and
    • Self-Directed
  • For anyone who wants to start or maintain a low impact exercise program.
  • Participants receive a Walk with Ease guidebook.
    • The guidebook helps individuals to assess their exercise needs and keep track of progress.
  • Walk with Ease Fact Sheet
Group Self-Directed
  • Meet 1-3 times per week

  • Trained Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease instructor leads the class

  • Leaders review a health topic and walking safety tips

  • Group walks together for 10-60 minutes

Watch the Introduction to the Walk with Ease Program, from the Osteoarthritis Action Allegiance.

  • Independent walking program

    • Ideal for worksite wellness program

  • All communication is via email with a trained Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease leader

  • Participants walk on their own for 3 days

  • Report walking minutes to leader through email

Watch the Walk with Ease Self-Directed Introduction video from the Osteoarthritis Action Allegiance

Walk with Ease Benefits

  • Improve strength and balance
  • Increase walking pace and duration
  • Decrease pain, fatigue, and depression
  • Build confidence to exercise
  • Improve overall health

Click on the map to locate a Walk with Ease class in your community.

Montana Community Programs

Walk with Ease Leader

 If you are interested in being a Walk with Ease leader and offering a class in your community, please contact the Montana Arthritis Program Manager, Melissa Dale at Melissa.Dale@mt.gov.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is an exercise class designed to teach adults with arthritis effective and joint-safe moves to reduce joint pain and stiffness. Individuals do not need to be officially diagnosed with arthritis to attend the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program.

Montana Arthritis Class Participants

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Class Structure

  • 8 weeks, meets 2 times per week
  • Trained instructor covers a variety of range-of-motion, endurance building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics
  • Exercises can be done either sitting or standing
    • All exercises can be adjusted to meet anyone ability and fitness needs
  • All exercises are joint-safe
  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Fact Sheet

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Benefits 

  • Improve functional abilities to be able to perform everyday tasks
    • Such as holding a cup, lifting and carrying groceries, and walking
  • Decrease joint pain and stiffness
  • Reduce depression symptoms
  • Increase strength, balance, and coordination
  • Provide social interaction

Click on the map to locate an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program class in your community.

Montana Community Programs

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Leader

If you are interested in being an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program leader and offer classes in your community, please contact the Montana Arthritis Program Manager, Melissa Dale at  Melissa.Dale@mt.gov.

Exercise for Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundation has a variety of home exercise resources available if you are unable to attend an in-person arthritis exercise class.

Self-Management Education Workshop

Self-management education workshops are interactive community-based programs that teach participants skills for managing arthritis or other chronic conditions.

Montana Living Life Well

(Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)

Montana Living Life Well Workshop Structure

The Montana Living Life Well Program is also referred to the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).
  • 6-weeks
  • All workshops are offered by two trained leaders
  • Class is interactive
  • Offered in three formats:
    • Community
    • Virtual
    • Worksite
  • Open to anyone with any type of chronic health conditions
    • A chronic health condition or chronic disease is defined as a health condition that lasts one-year or more and requires ongoing medical attention or limits activities of daily living or both.
  • Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend
  • Participants receive a  Living a Health Life with Chronic Conditions book
  • National Council on Aging CDSMP Fact Sheet , from the National Council on Aging
Community Worksite
  • 6-weeks meet 1 time per week, for 2.5 hours

  • Usually offered at a community health clinic, senior center, or community event center

  • Learn new skills to manage and improve day-to-day health

  • Montana Living Life Well Fact Sheet

  • 6-weeks, meet 2 times per week, for 1-hour

    • Typically meet at lunchtime or after work

  • Usually meet at worksite location

  • Will not be asked to disclose on type of chronic health condition or personal health issues

  • Learn how to balance work and home life, while managing chronic health disease(s)

  • Worksite Montana Living Life Well Fact Sheet

 

Montana Living Life Well Benefits

  • Decrease in depression, fear and frustration about chronic health conditions and fatigue
  • Increase in physical activity
  • Improve communication with friends, family, and health care providers
  • Lessen emergency department visits and hospitalizations
  • Reduce work absenteeism due to physical and mental health days
    • Shown for the Worksite Montana Living Life Well

Click on the map to locate a Montana Living Life Well or a Worksite Montana Living Life Well workshop in your community.

Montana Community Programs

Montana Living Life Well Leader

If you are interested in being a Montana Living Life Well leader and to offer this workshop in your community, please contact the Montana Arthritis Program Manager, Melissa Dale at  Melissa.Dale@mt.gov.