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What is Arthritis?

Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. These numbers are only going to keep growing-unless we take a stand. Click here to learn more from the Arthritis Foundation.

Physical Activity: The Arthritis Pain Reliever.

Take charge of your arthritis with moderate physical activity. More than 46 million Americans live with arthritis, and many of them are discovering that moderate exercise improves the way they feel. Click here to learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Promoting Physical Activity.

The Arkansas Arthritis Program is promoting the CDC’s public awareness campaign “Physical Activity: The Arthritis Pain Reliever." Click here to learn more information.

Benefits of Physical Activity:


2023 Arkansas State Walking College

The Arkansas State Walking College is a 6-month, distance-learning fellowship program for walkable community advocates, sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP), and America Walks.

Fellows will complete a series of modules covering leadership development, coalition-building, walkable community design, local public policy, and strategic planning. The instructional content includes online study materials, video-conferenced discussion forums with other Fellows, and community assignments. Each Fellow will receive one-on-one coaching from a Personal Mentor to assist them in developing a Walking Action Plan for their community.

Residents of Arkansas who are interested in the program and able to commit 4-6 hours per week (January – June) are invited to complete the online application form 2023 Arkansas State Walking College: Program Description and Fellowship Application by 5:00 pm Central Time on Friday, February 10, 2023. Fellowships are limited and the application process is competitive.

Please contact the Arkansas Department of Health, Arthritis Program Manager Shanetta Agnew at (501) 661-2279 with any questions.


To sign up for the Self-Directed Walk With Ease online portal please click here.​

Self-directed participants read the WWE guidebook on their own, completing the various tasks and walking as laid out in the book. This format may also serve as an alternative for those who are unable to complete the group-led.

Walk With Ease

The Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program is a community-based physical activity and self-management education program. It can be done by individuals using the Walk with Ease workbook on their own, or by groups led by trained leaders. Both the individual and group formats are set up as a structured six-week program. While walking is the central activity, Walk with Ease also includes health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational strategies. “Walk with Ease was specifically developed for adults with arthritis who want to be more physically active. The program is also appropriate for people without arthritis, particularly those with diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions, who want to get more active. The only pre-requisite is the ability to be on your feet for at least 10 minutes without increased pain. Click here for more information.

Walk With Ease Partners:

Help your patients take charge.

 As a healthcare provider, you can:

  1. Assess the current physical activity levels of your patients through the use of physical activity vital signs (PAVS),
  2. Provide your patient with brief counseling and a physical activity prescription, and
  3. Refer to an evidence base program such as Walk With Ease.

The PAVS consists of two questions:

  1. How many days per week do you engage in moderate to strenuous exercise like a brisk walk?
  2. How many minutes do you engage in exercise at this level?


Resources & References

Office Information

Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Our office is closed on all published state holidays.

Shanetta Agnew, Arthritis Program Manager
4815 W. Markham Street, Slot #6
Little Rock, AR 72205
Office: 501-661-2279

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