Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

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A low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and stiffness.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) is a part of the Life Improvement Series created by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and the Arthritis Foundation. It is has been developed and updated by experts to meet specific needs of people with arthritis. The program is evidence-based, with research- proven effectiveness and safety. The classes are group-based for social support and encouragement. Classes include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level, as well as endurance building activities, balance exercises, relaxation techniques and health education segments.

It has shown to provide benefits including:

  • Maintaining joint flexibility and muscle strength
  • Better sleep at night
  • Increased daily energy
  • Improved overall outlook
  • Less pain
  • Increased social activity
  • Fewer doctor and emergency room visits

There is one winter and one spring session available so far this year. The winter session will begin the second week of January and will run until the last week of February.  The spring session will start the second week in March and will run until the last week of April.  The program is designed for you to attend two classes a week. Three class times are available:

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 PM

Wednesday/Friday 8:00 AM

Wednesday/Friday 10:00 AM

Cost and registration:

Classes are open to the public:

Winter Session: You can pay for one 8-week session for the cost of $80 or pay for individual classes for $5/class

Spring Session: You can pay for one 8-week session for the cost of $80 or pay for individual classes for $5/class

·         Payments may be made with cash, check, or credit card.

·         Payments will be made on the first day of class or you can pay over the phone.

·         Please register or call ahead before coming to a class.

·         Online registration is available. Click here to register!

·         You do not need a referral from your doctor.


For questions or concerns, please contact:


About the Director

Jessica Spiers

Jessica received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has had over four years of experience in physical therapy departments including where she currently works at Advanced Orthopaedics Physical Therapy St. Francis. Jessica has a Health Fitness Specialist certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. She is also a certified water aerobics instructor. She taught many different water aerobics classes at the Cary Street Gym for VCU for two years while she did her undergraduate degree.