WALK WITH EASE

Feet First partners with communities across Washington to expand access to the Walk with Ease program, an evidence-based walking program created to help adults with arthritis or other chronic conditions build mobility, strength, and confidence in walking.

Due to COVID-19, all in-person Walk with Ease classes are cancelled or postponed. Keep your community walking by offering the class virtually instead! Read more about the virtual program below or email Rachel Schaeffer at rachel@feetfirst.org for more information on how to get started.

What is Walk With Ease?

Walk with Ease is a community-based physical activity program created by the Arthritis Foundation. The 6-week class promotes physical activity, health, and wellness for adults looking to improve their mobility and strength through walking. This program is a low-barrier, low-cost way to serve adults in your community and can be adapted to a variety of settings, indoor or outdoor.

Every Walk With Ease class:
  • uses an evidence-based curriculum
  • meets 3 times a week for 6 weeks
  • welcomes anyone looking to be more active, especially adults with chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and more
  • includes a group walk, stretching and strengthening exercises, and health education discussions
Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown decreased pain, stiffness and fatigue, and increased mobility and confidence in walking for participants who complete the class.

Become a Class Instructor

Currently we are offering Walk with Ease as a virtual class to encourage participants to continue walking in a safe and healthy way during the COVID-19 pandemic. We provide organizations who lead the class with technical assistance, marketing materials, and ongoing implementation and evaluation support. Financial assistance for class start-up costs may be available as well. We work with senior centers, community centers, local YMCAs, parks and recreation departments, and other community organizations to bring this program to communities across the state.

The Walk with Ease virtual class includes:
  • The same curriculum as in-person classes, shared with participants in both weekly emails and online class meetings (through Zoom, Facebook, or other available options)
  • Online pre- and post-class evaluations 
  • Online teacher training through afaa.org for $89 (the CPR/First Aid requirement is waived for virtual classes only) 
  • A participant guidebook that is mailed to participants or offered for pick-up  
Read the resources below to learn more:

Walk with Ease, Virtual Version

(also called Self-Directed Enhanced)

“My sister and I are enjoying our walks. We have a great place to walk in my trailer park. Paved roads, very little traffic, pretty yards, and trees to look at and friendly neighbors to greet. I am so happy about this program. I needed the motivation boost again.”

“Thank you for the information shared in the book! I didn’t realize you should walk or march a bit, THEN stretch, THEN do your walking for the day. I didn’t hurt! I shared this with my sister. Thank you!”

– Walk With Ease participants

Thank you for your donation!

Feet First utilizes NetworkForGood.com to process donations.

Your donation will help us to:

put on neighborhood walks and provide walking resources

raise awareness throughout Washington about the benefits of walkable communities and rights of the pedestrians

host events and programs focused on improving walkability