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Montana Arthritis Program

Arthritis Intervention Programs

Walk with Ease (WWE)

“Walk with Ease is a community-based, group walking program offered by the Arthritis Foundation. The Walk With Ease (WWE) arthritis self-management program was developed by the Arthritis Foundation to be used in a community setting with individuals who may be either self or medically diagnosed with arthritis. Participants meet three times a week at regional sites in groups of up to 30 participants under the direct supervision of a walking leader trained according to guidelines of the Arthritis Foundation. Each meeting begins with a pre-walk discussion covering a specified topic related to exercise and arthritis, followed by a 10- to 40-minute walk that includes a warm-up and cool-down as described in the Walk With Ease leader’s guide.”

This program meets for 6-8 weeks.

For more information, please visit the CDC website or the Arthritis Foundation website .

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)

"AFEP (formerly People with Arthritis Can exercise or PACE) is a community-based recreational exercise program developed by the Arthritis Foundation. Trained AFEP instructors cover a variety of range-of-motion and endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics. All of the exercises can be modified to meet participant needs. The program's demonstrated benefits include improved functional ability, decreased depression, and increased confidence in one's ability to exercise. Classes typically meet two or three times per week."

This program meets for 8-12 weeks.

For more information, please visit the CDC website or the Arthritis Foundation website.

Where can I find these programs in Montana?

Absarokee
Stillwater County, MSU Extension
Angie Osborne (406) 328-9020
Carla Buell (406) 328-4589
Billings

Mission Ridge & The Vista
AFEP & WWE
Erin Adams
(406) 655-5250
http://www.missionridge.org/lifestyle/health-wellness/

St. Vincent's Healthcare
WWE
Beth Hirschi
(406) 238-6409

Bozeman

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital
AFEP & WWE
Colleen Hatcher
(406) 522-1660

Bozeman Senior Center
AFEP
Susie Becker
(406) 600-0539

Broadus

Powder River County, MSU Extension
AFEP & WWE
Julie Riley
(406) 436-2424
http://www.msuextension.org/powderriver/arthritis.html

Butte

Public Housing Authority
AFEP
Clarisa Hogart
(406) 782-4436

Big Sky Senior Living on Waterford Way
WWE
Holly McCamant (406) 494-4900

Columbus

Stillwater Billings Clinic
AFEP
Heidi Marshall (406) 326-2487
Jill Grim (406) 322-1070

Stillwater County, MSU Extension
AFEP & WWE
Lisa Terry
(406) 322-8035

Florence

Florence Therapy & Wellness
AFEP & WWE
Dusty Lindeen
(406) 273-4246

Fort Belknap

Fort Belknap, MSU Extension,
AFEP & WWE
Liz Werk
(406) 353-2656

Glasgow


Valley County, MSU Extension
AFEP & WWE
Roubie Younkin (406) 228-6241
Kathy Johnson/Nemont Manor (406) 670-2643
Elizabeth Olson/Prairie Ridge (406) 228-2208

Hamilton

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital
AFEP & WWE
Amanda Weinberger
(406) 375-4570

Havre

Down Under Fitness Center
AFEP & WWE
Tami Nystrom
(406) 265-4805

Hill County, MSU Extension
WWE
Lea Ann Larson
(406) 265-5481 ext 233

Helena

Helena Family YMCA
AFEP & WWE
Katie Wright (406) 227-6541
Tacey Sartorius (406) 422-9687

Rocky Mountain Development Council
AFEP & WWE
Colleen Phillips
(406) 457-7318

St. Peter's Hospital
AFEP & WWE
Mallory Frank
(406) 444-2130

Kalispell

Summit Medical Fitness Center
AFEP & WWE
Catherine Lisowski
(406) 751-4100

Straight Blast Gym
AFEP & WWE
Kisa Davison
(406) 752-7244

Lewistown

Fergus County Council on Aging
AFEP & WWE
Denise Seilstad
(406) 535-7486

Libby

St. John Lutheran Hospital
AFEP & WWE
Wendi Demmandaal
(406) 295-4154

Livingston

Park County Senior Center
AFEP
Brooke Cottongim
(406) 333-2276
http://www.parkcountyseniorcenter.com/events-2/

Miles City

Custer County, MSU Extension
AFEP
Tara Andrews (406) 874-3370
Betty Vail (406) 234-0500

Missoula

Missoula Family YMCA
AFEP & WWE
Keri McHugh
(406) 721-9622

U of M School of Physical Therapy
AFEP & WWE
Molly Blair
(406) 243-4016

PEAK Health and Wellness Center
WWE
Karen Shreve
(406) 788-1966

Plentywood

Sheridan County, MSU Extension
AFEP & WWE
Sheila Friedrich
(406) 765-3406

Polson

St. Joseph Medical Center
AFEP & WWE
Stephanie Calaway
(406) 883-8453

Shelby

Toole Pondera County
MSU Extension
Alice Burchak (406)424-8350

Sidney

Richland County Commission on Aging
AFEP & WWE
Jodi Berry
(406) 433-3701

White Sulphur Springs

Meagher County Senior Center
AFEP & WWE
Beth Hunt
(406) 547-3651