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Walk With Ease

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Walk With Ease participants

Walk With Ease offers educational workshops that are designed to help adults living with ongoing arthritis, joint pain, or who are sedentary and want to become more active. Comprehensive studies demonstrate that Walk With Ease reduces pain, increases balance and strength, as well as improves your overall health. 

Learn more about how you can become involved with the program by exploring our options below! 

“When I first started, I had recently injured my knee. I hardly have any pain now. I attribute my success mainly to this class.

— Anonymous

About the Program

The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease Program is a 6-week walking program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. Whether you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, if you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease.

SDSU Extension is excited to implement this program statewide by supporting trained leaders and maintaining a statewide database of impact and programming. 

Our participants say:

  • “We love the Walk With Ease program, we feel comfortable to walk in a safe, judgement-free environment.”
  • “This class helped strengthen my feet and gave me a feeling of more stability.”
  • “I’m able to walk more, sleep better, and have a better mood!”
  • “I went to the doctor- I lost weight, blood pressure was lowered, and I lowered my A1-C. Because of my walking, my daughter is using her treadmill and my mother is doing laps around the house with her walker.”



  • SDSU Extension is offering local workshops statewide by supporting trained leaders and maintaining a statewide database of programming and impacts.
  • Each session is offered by a trained, CPR-certified leader.


  • Enjoy the flexibility of a walking program on your own schedule.
  • Register for a self-guided workshop below and wait for the informational email to come to your inbox one week prior to the workshop start date.


  • Educate, incentivize, motivate and help improve overall quality of life for your employees.
  • Implement the program with your own trained leader or sign up for the self-directed workshops listed below.
  • Contact Hope Kleine or Nikki Prosch to learn more about having an employee trained as a Walk With Ease leader.


©Arthritis Foundation

Discover what worksites and employees are saying about the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program.

Bring Walk With Ease to Your Community

Join the team of Walk With Ease leaders in South Dakota! SDSU Extension is proud to serve as the Hub of Walk With Ease leaders in South Dakota. If you are interested in becoming a trained leader, please contact Nikki Prosch or Hope Kleine to learn more. 

Not seeing Walk With Ease in your community? Send your name, location and e-mail address to Nikki or Hope, and we will connect with you if a workshop comes to your area!

Additional Resources

  • Arthritis Foundation: Learn more about the Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease program, download the Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease App and access additional resources for managing your joint pain and arthritis symptoms.
  • Better Choices, Better Health© SD Chronic Disease Workshops (CDSMP) are designed to help adults living with chronic conditions and caregivers manage physical and mental health wellness. Participants will learn goal setting, problem solving, managing difficult emotions, understanding medications, relaxation techniques, nutrition and physical activity planning and idea, and tips for communicating with providers and family. Learn more about these workshops here.
  • Fit & Strong: Looking for another physical activity opportunity? SDSU Extension also holds the South Dakota license for the program Fit & Strong, an evidence-based 8-12 week physical activity program for older adults. The program targets individuals with osteoarthritis and has demonstrated significant functional and physical activity improvements in this population. 
  • Older Adults: SDSU Extension is devoted to providing programing to equip South Dakota communities to meet the opportunities and challenges of an aging population.

All Walk With Ease Content

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Aug 17

Walk With Ease (WWE) Self-Guided Program August - September

Are you looking to start walking, but not able to commit to an in-person walking group at this time? If so, SDSU Extension is excited to offer an online self-directed walking program to jumpstart your walking goals.

Participants walking  in one of the Physical Activity Evidence-Based programs offered through SDSU Extension

Managing Joint Pain and Symptoms With Physical Activity

Physical activity is a key behavior to help manage joint symptoms and pain. Let’s review a few different types of arthritis and explore ways to increase mobility and manage pain with physical activity.

an elderly man and woman walking on green grass

Sign Up for SDSU Extension Walk With Ease Walking Program

January 25, 2019

SDSU Extension is excited to offer their first Walk With Ease walking program January 28 - March 8, 2019 in Brookings at the First Lutheran Church (337 8th Street).