Media Release


Tuesday, September 24, 2013
For Immediate Release
Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services

Contact: Margaret Kurtz
Telephone: 229-6993


City of Las Vegas Receives Grant For Arthritis Intervention Program
Grant Will Provide Walking And Exercise Programs Beginning Oct. 7


The city of Las Vegas will soon be offering residents a new way to stay fit, even if they suffer from arthritis. Thanks to a $4,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Arthritis Foundation, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the city’s East Las Vegas Community Center will offer the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program  to the community.

The program at the East Las Vegas Community Center will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday for six weeks by instructors certified and trained by the Arthritis Foundation. The program will start Oct. 7, and will be offered from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  The classes are suited for anyone that is interested in preventing or managing arthritis, but also for those looking for a regular, low-impact exercise program.  In addition, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is expected to be offered at other centers in the coming months. For more information, contact Bernard Preston at (702) 229-4904. For more information on sports and recreation opportunities at city of Las Vegas centers, visit online.

The East Las Vegas Community Center has long been a center of health and wellness in the community. This grant will help bring a new low-impact exercise program to residents. The walking and exercise programs through the Arthritis Foundation have been scientifically proven to help reduce the pain and stiffness often associated with arthritis. Studies by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina have found that “Walk With Ease” was shown to reduce pain, increase balance and strength and improve overall health. Together, NRPA and the Arthritis Foundation aim to reach more people living with arthritis and help improve their quality of life through these trusted and measurable programs administered by local recreation centers. The city of Las Vegas is one of 24 communities offering these programs across the country.  

Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans, including people who live right here in the city of Las Vegas. This grant from NRPA and the Arthritis Foundation will allow additional help to those who suffer from arthritis in our community and will add a new way residents can work to achieve a healthy lifestyle. 

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 30,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information on NRPA, visit


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