AFYAPArthritis Foundation YMCA Aquatic Program (Young Men's Christian Association)
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The focus of the AFYAP exercises is to increase mobility.
"When you get people moving and get them active, they can see change immediately," says Ed Barren, the executive director of the Highlands County YMCA in Sebring, Fla., who, along with Gall and Haralson, trains AFYAP instructors nationwide.
The Arthritis Foundation/YMCA Aquatics Program (AFYAP) is open to any adult with arthritis, although people with multiple or severe joint problems and those who have had joint surgery are encouraged to check with their doctors before beginning the program.
AFYAP classes typically meet one to three times a week for 50 to 60 minutes.
"We give [the instructors] an understanding of what arthritis is all about," says the YMCA's Ed Barron, who helps train AFYAP instructors.