HUDSON Hudson Community Education and Recreation will soon be offering adults ages 50+ a new way to stay fit even if they have arthritis. Thanks to an instructor training grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HCER will offer the Walk With Ease (WWE) program to the Hudson community. HCER is one of 71 park and recreation agencies to receive the WWE instructor training grant.

HCER's community education and recreation programs have long been centers of health and wellness in the community. The WWE program, developed by the Arthritis Foundation, is scientifically proven to help reduce pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Studies by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging at the University of North Carolina have shown that participation in Walk With Ease contributes to reduced pain, increased balance and strength, and improved overall health.

"Arthritis affects more than 52 million adults in the United States -- including people who live right here in Hudson," said Meredith Zaffrann, HCER Director. "This grant from NRPA and the CDC allows us to help the older adults in our community, and adds a new way for Hudson residents to work to achieve a healthy lifestyle."

The Walk With Ease program will be offered three times per week for six weeks by certified and trained HCER Walk With Ease instructors. Classes will meet at Barlow Community Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m., May 15 June 23. An informational meeting and registration will be April 24 at Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St., Hudson. Cost for the six week program is $5.

For information about Walk With Ease or any HCER programs, call 330-653-1210 or visit