Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (AFAP) | YMCA DC

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (AFAP)

According to the CDC, 24% of all adults, or 58.5 million people in the United States have arthritis. It is the most common cause of disability. More than 20 million individuals with arthritis have severe limitations in function on a daily basis. 


1 in 4 Adults has arthritis. 

 1 in 4 Adults with arthritis reports severe joint pain. 

 1 in 10 Adults limits activities because of arthritis. 

 $303.5 Billion is the annual cost of arthritis medical spending and lost wages. 

Studies show that physical activity can reduce pain and improve function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis. Physical activity is also important for the management of other chronic conditions that are common among adults with arthritis, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. 

In response to this crisis, the Y is launching an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (AFAP). This structured physical activity program is proven to reduce arthritis symptoms and teach participants how to safely increase their physical activity to manage arthritis and other chronic conditions.  

AFAP is a water exercise program created by the Arthritis Foundation and the Y-USA for people with arthritis and related conditions. The classes are conducted by a trained instructor and include joint rage of motion, stretching, breathing, and light aerobic activities. The classes typically meet two or three times per week for one hour.  

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Source: Arthritis Physical Activity Programs | CDC 

Arthritis | CDC 

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