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September 25, 2013
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Melissa Lindeman, Parks and Recreation, 402-441-4900

Parks and Rec Receives Arthritis Program Grant

A $4,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Arthritis Foundation will allow the City Parks and Recreation Department to offer the Walk With Ease programs to Lincoln residents. The low impact walking and exercise programs are approved by the Arthritis Foundation and scientifically proven to help reduce pain and stiffness often associated with arthritis.

Classes will meet three times a week for six weeks:

The public can register by contacting Melissa Lindeman at 402-441-4900 or

Instructors certified by the Arthritis Foundation will lead the classes, which are suited for anyone interested in preventing or managing arthritis. The classes also are recommended for those wanting a regular, low-impact exercise program.

Studies by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina have found that Walk With Ease reduces pain, increases balance and strength and improves overall health. The goal of the NRPA and the Arthritis Foundation is to help improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis through trusted and measurable programs administered by local parks and recreation departments. Lincoln is one of 24 communities offering the programs nationally.

The NRPA is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. For more information, visit

For more information on Parks and Recreation facilities and programs, visit

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