Arthritis means joint inflammation. Arthritis describes more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joint, other connective tissue and some rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body. Symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. more

Common types of Arthritis:

  • Childhood Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • General
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

What you should do

  • Stay physically active. Studies show that 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five days per week, can help relieve arthritis pain and stiffness.
  • Learn self-management techniques. Programs are available to teach you how to exercise properly and eat healthy, use medications appropriately, solve everyday problems, and communicate effectively with family members and healthcare providers.
  • Sign up for one of the following Community Health Network programs that have been proven effective for people with arthritis:
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management

    • This evidence-based education workshop teaches people how to manage symptoms and medications, communicate with family and doctors, relieve stress, eat well, exercise, and set attainable goals. Classes are held in both English and Spanish.

      Format: Facilitated by two certified Peer Leaders in group sessions. 2 hours per week for 6 weeks. The Spanish class is Tomando Control de Su Salud.

      Target Audience:Adults (18+ years old) who have, or who care for someone with, a chronic condition such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, COPD, diabetes, or heart disease
    • Cost: Free
    • Contact:Community Health Network Coordinator

    Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

    • This evidence-based education workshop provides participants with the tools to manage medications, fatigue and frustration, nutrition, improve communication skills, evaluate treatments, and set action plans.

      Format: Facilitated by two certified Peer Leaders in group sessions of 2 hours per week for 6 weeks.

      Eligibility: Anyone 18 years of age or older
    • Cost: Free
    • Contact:Community Health Network Coordinator

    YMCA Enhance Fitness

    • This 16 week group exercise program that uses simple, easy to learn movements that motivate people with or without arthritis to stay active throughout their lives. The class is ideal for people who may be new to group exercise and want to have fun while exercising. People in the program experience improved physical strength, increased flexibility, better balance, enhanced cardiovascular fitness and reduced arthritic pain.

      Target Audience: At least 18 years of age
    • Cost: $25 monthly non-members, free for members
    • Contact:Joni Bloom