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Don't let arthritis keep you from moving
Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor Hilda Lytle, front row center, conducts the joint-safe program designed to help manage the effects of arthritis.

If you have arthritis, or are simply looking for a joint-safe way to get moving, consider the Arthritis Exercise Program developed by physical therapists specifically for people with inflammation of the joints.

This class is offered by the University of Tennessee/Tennessee State University Extension with Hilda Lytle, a family and consumer science agent, serving as instructor.

The Arthritis Exercise Program is a free, low-impact program that is suitable for every fitness level.  The program consists of 16 classes which last approximately one-hour. Classes begin at 11 a.m. at Warren County Administrative Offices.

Arthritis symptoms include pain, joint stiffness and swelling. This low-impact, joint-safe exercise program has been documented to help increase joint flexibility and range of motion and to help maintain muscle strength. It may also improve balance and coordination. 

Participants will go through a series of gentle movements and activities designed to increase mobility and range of motion. 

The exercises are designed to work all joints in a slow and gentle manner. 

In addition, health information, joint checks, cool downs and relaxation techniques will be provided. 

  1. The arthritis exercise program classes are mainly scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays. The tentative dates are March 10, 17, 24, 27; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 1, 5, 8, 12, 14, and 19. May 14 is a Thursday. Participants should plan to attend as many classes as possible. Please call the Extension Office at 473-8484 or email Hilda Lytle at to register.