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Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program.

Formally known as P.A.C.E. (People With Arthritis Can Exercise), the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) was developed by the Arthritis Foundation for arthritis patients and is popular with parish nurses across the nation. This program promotes self-management of arthritis through low-impact exercise.

The AFEP 8-week program meets twice-weekly for one hour. Gentle exercises help arthritics increase joint flexibility, range of motion and help maintain their muscle strength. Studies have shown that participants have increased arm and leg function and increased muscle strength. Participants that continue the AFEP program beyond 8 weeks often see improvement in pain, stiffness, fatigue, and depression.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is offered at two levels--basic and advanced and is available throughout the country. Class instructors undergo special Arthritis Foundation instructor training. Call your local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation to find an AFEP program near you or how to become a trainer in your faith based setting for this program. Go to www.arthritis.org/ exercise-intro.php for a wealth of information on exercise and arthritis.

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Date:Sep 22, 2008
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