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HEALTH & WELLNESS
Arthritis appropriate evidence-based intervention
(AAEBI) program participants have expressed
improvements to not only their physical health, but
also their mental and social health.
Parks and Recreation: A Vital CommunityBased
Solution to Support Healthy Aging
By Colleen Pittard, Tiff Cunin and Allison Colman
very September, Healthy Aging Month brings national attention
to the positive aspects of growing older and highlights opportunities
for older adults to improve their physical, mental, social and
overall well-being. In celebration of this month, park and recreation
professionals can reflect on the services they provide to older adults.
Since 2013, NRPA has supported
these professionals in implementing
evidence-based physical activity programs
to enhance the quality of life
for the 54.5 million adults with arthritis
in the United States. Given the substantial
evidence that physical activity
can help people with arthritis improve
their physical function by at least 40
percent and improve outcomes for
arthritis comorbidities, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) recommends that adults with
arthritis engage in arthritis appropriate
evidence-based interventions
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(AAEBIs) to manage their chronic
pain and reduce use of prescribed
opioids. In 2016, NRPA was awarded
CDC's DP16-1606 cooperative
agreement, Advancing Arthritis Public
Health Approaches Through National Organizations.
Since that time, local park
and recreation agencies have made
significant progress disseminating the
Walk With Ease (WWE), Active Living
Every Day (ALED), Fit & Strong!
(F&S!) and Enhance®
Fitness (EF)
programs. Through this agreement,
NRPA has worked directly with 330
park and recreation agencies across
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49 states and one U.S. territory, reaching
nearly 25,000 individuals and creating
community-wide impacts.
Communities with a high prevalence
of arthritis have been able
to offer AAEBIs to help the most
underserved community members
manage their arthritis. Within the
past few years, more than 1,200 of
these individuals have enrolled and
attended an AAEBI. According to
an F&S! instructor from Maryland
Heights (Missouri) Parks and Recreation
Department, " We had a
participant with a weak lower body
performance who was solely dependent
on a cane to get around. After
the 12-week Fit & Strong! Program,
she is able to move around her
house without the use of her cane. "
AAEBI participants have expressed

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