Ferndale Parks and Recreation Will Offer ‘Walk With Ease’ Fitness Program

March 6, 2018

The City of Ferndale Parks and Recreation will soon offer adults ages 50+ a new way to stay fit. Thanks to an instructor training grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ferndale Parks and Recreation will offer the Walk With Ease (WWE) program to the Ferndale community. Ferndale Parks and Recreation is one of 88 park and recreation agencies to receive the WWE instructor training grant.    

Ferndale’s recreation programs have long been centers of health and wellness in the community. The WWE program, developed by the Arthritis Foundation, is scientifically proven to help reduce pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, and offers benefits for people managing other chronic conditions as well. Studies by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging at the University of North Carolina have shown that WWE contributes to reduced pain, increased balance and strength, increased levels of physical activity, and improved overall health. Together, NRPA and the CDC aim to reach more people living with arthritis and other chronic conditions to improve their levels of physical activity and quality of life.  

“Sixty percent of adults in the United States suffer from one or more chronic conditions,” said LaReina Wheeler, Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Ferndale. “This grant allows us to help older adults in our community, and adds a new way for Ferndale residents to achieve healthy lifestyles.”

The programs provided by Ferndale Parks and Recreation will be offered twice weekly—Mondays at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.—for six weeks by certified and trained instructors. There will be three sessions:

  • Session I—May 7–June 22 (no classes the week of May 28)
  • Session II—July 9–August 17
  • Session III—September 10–October 19  

The classes are ideally suited for anyone interested in a low-impact exercise program in their local community, especially those looking to manage their chronic condition.

For more information, contact Ferndale Parks and Recreation at 248-544-6767.


Kara Sokol

Communications Director