A six-week “Walk with Ease” class will be offered in Newport in October.

Walk with Ease is intended to help reduce pain, build confidence in being physically active and to improve overall health. No matter one’s fitness level, this program can help connect people with other community members who want to improve their health.

The Walk with Ease program, developed by the Arthritis Foundation, is proven to help reduce pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and offers benefits for people managing other chronic conditions. Walking is one of the safest and most beneficial forms of exercise for most people with arthritis and other chronic health conditions. It is safer and puts less stress on the body than most other forms of aerobic exercise — the kind that builds stamina and boosts cardiovascular fitness. Walking is an especially good exercise choice for those who are older or who have been less active.

The program will be taught by a trained instructor who can provide information and tools to help manage chronic condition symptoms and improve quality of life.

The Newport Parks and Recreation Department and the Newport 60+ Activity Center, in partnership with Samaritan Health Services, National Recreation and Parks Association, OSU, Corvallis Community Center, and Albany Parks and Recreation Center, will be offering the Walk With Ease program. This six-week program meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 3 to 4 p.m. The first class will begin on Monday, Oct. 4, and it runs through Wednesday, Nov. 10.

People can register online at www.newportoregon.gov/sc — click on the yellow banner and the 60+ Activities Tab. For more information, call the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 541-265-9617.

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