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Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a community-based recreational exercise program developed by the Arthritis Foundation. Trained AFEP instructors cover a variety of range-of-motion and endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics. All of the exercises can be modified to meet participant needs. The program’s demonstrated benefits include improved functional ability, decreased depression, and increased confidence in one’s ability to exercise.

This evidence-based program has been shown to:

  • Reduce bodily pain and stiffness
  • Maintain or increase muscle strength
  • Balance and coordination
  • Endurance Decrease fatigue
  • Overall perceived health status

How Long: Ongoing

How Often: 2x per week for 30 -45 minutes

Cost: Free of charge


Available Classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00 am – 10:45 am

Mower County Senior Center, 400 3rd Ave NE

Wednesdays and Fridays
9:45 am – 10:15 am

Claddagh Senior Living 508 Kruckow Ave

Tuesdays and Thursdays
8:15 am – 9:00 am

Harmony Community Center, 225 3rd Ave SW

Mondays and Fridays
10:15 am – 11:00 am

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW

Lake City
Mondays and Wednesdays
10:00 am – 10:45 am

Lake Pepin Plaza, 211 N Franklin St.

(beginning October 10)
Mondays and Wednesdays
10:15 am – 11:00 am

Owatonna Social Commons, 500 Dunnell Drive

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:15 am – 10:00 am

American Legion, 215 3rd St. SW

Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Christ Lutheran Church, 509 Kansas St. NW

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 am – 9:45 am

Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Ave SE

Spring Valley
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00 am – 10:45 am

Spring Valley Community Center, 200 S. Broadway

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:30 am – 10:15 am
Zumbrota Tower, 93 4th St. E

Request a class in your community

The following Active Aging Program Administrator in your area will be happy to speak with you

Sue Degallier
Sue DegallierActive Aging Program Director, Program Administrator Winona County
Jessica Mollison
Jessica MollisonActive Aging Program Administrator Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, and Wabasha Counties
Mary Cassem
Mary CassemActive Aging Program Administrator Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Jackson, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, and Watonwan Counties
Marlene Levine
Marlene LevineActive Aging Program Administrator Freeborn, Steele, Rice, Dodge, Mower, and Waseca Counties