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Walk with Ease class offered in Florence County

FLORENCE, Wis. –To provide opportunities for physical activity, the Florence County Health Department will offer the program Walk with Ease, targeting all adults.

Walk with Ease is an exercise and education program is promoted by the Arthritis Foundation that can reduce pain and improve overall health. Those who can be on their feet for 10 minutes without increased pain can have success with Walk with Ease.

The benefits of the program are to motivate individuals to get in shape, walk safely and comfortably, improve flexibility, strength and stamina and reduce pain.

Those who wish to participate but have health concerns should consult their health care provider before beginning the program.

Classes will be 3 to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for six weeks starting July 20 at the lower level of the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center in Florence, Wis.

Due to COVID-19 recommendations, class size will be limited to 10 participants. For more information or to register, call Sara Jerue at the Florence County Health Department at 715-528-4837. Walk with Ease books will be provided free through the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County.

The Florence County Community Health Improvement Plan 2020-2025 determined chronic disease prevention as the third-most important health priority for Florence County, after alcohol and other drug abuse and mental health. The 2020 Community Health Rankings obesity rate for Florence County was 34%, compared with 31% for the state of Wisconsin as a whole.

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