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:
  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

    • Community-based, recreational exercise program that includes gentle, joint-safe exercises developed specifically for people with arthritis to help relieve stiffness, decrease arthritis pain, and improve balance. The low-impact exercises can be done while sitting, standing, or on the floor. Group sessions led by certified instructors meet for 1 hour, twice a week for 6 weeks at various locations throughout the state.

      Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) with arthritis
    • Cost: Varies from $0 to $45 by site offering program
    • Contact:Rebecca Farnloff

    Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program

    • Helps people living with arthritis reduce pain and increase balance and walking pace and helps people without arthritis make walking a regular habit. Group sessions with a certified leader meet for 6 weeks, 3 times per week at various locations throughout the state.

      Target Audience: Anyone who can be on their feet for 10 minutes without increased pain
    • Cost: Varies from $0 to $15 and usually includes the cost of a book
    • Contact:Rebecca Farnloff

    Chronic Disease Self-Management

    • Led by certified Peer Leaders, this workshop teaches people ways to manage symptoms and medications, communicate with family and doctors, handle difficult emotions, relax, eat well, exercise, and set goals to improve health and lifestyles. Group sessions meet for 2 1/2 hours per week for 6 weeks. Classes are held in both English and Spanish.

      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. Incentives are provided to participants.
    • 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

What we are doing

  • We and our partners have come together to form the Community Health Network, a collection of programs available throughout the state proven to help Rhode Islanders live better with their chronic conditions through self-management and physical activity.
  • Provide academic detailing about the Community Health Network and its benefits for patients to healthcare provider offices throughout Rhode Island.