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Published on August 31, 2017

Exercise program designed for arthritis sufferers

People in the Winona area, who suffer from arthritis, can now receive relief from pain and stiffness. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is being offered in partnership with Gundersen Health System, Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging and Winona Friendship Center.

Studies show this low-impact physical activity program, led by a certified health professional, is proven to reduce pain, decrease stiffness, increase strength, increase confidence in their ability to continue activities, increase social activity and decrease emergency room visits.

Classes include strength and endurance-building exercises, balance activities, gentle range-of-motion stretches, relaxation techniques and health education segments that are suitable for every fitness level.

Goals of the program include:

  • Providing participants with an enjoyable, safe exercise program
  • Encouraging positive social interaction among participants
  • Decreasing depression and improving mood
  • Improving performance of daily activities
  • Increasing awareness of arthritis exercise principles and providing methods for incorporating self-care skills into the home environment
  • Providing support for participants to succeed

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will be held beginning Sept. 12. Classes meet Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Winona Friendship Center.

This program is free for members of Winona Friendship Center. Non-members can pay for $2 daily passes or $25 for a one-year membership.

Participants may join the program at any time. To register, call the Winona Friendship Center at (507) 454-5212.

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