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Walk with Ease coming to Hoisington
Karissa Winkel
Karissa Winkel

HOISINGTON – The new year is right around the corner, and now is the time to create health goals for 2024. Making healthy choices is something we get to do every day, but it does not have to be overwhelming. 

“In fact, simply walking every day can improve heart health, strengthen the lungs, improve the quality of sleep, and fight osteoporosis,” said Karissa Winkel, family and community wellness agent with the K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. “If walking to improve health is something you are interested in, a Walk with Ease class may be for you,” 

The next Walk with Ease class kicks off on Jan. 8 in Hoisington. This indoor class will take place from 10-11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Hoisington Recreation Center. 

Participants who attend and complete 14 of 18 classes in this Walk with Ease series will be eligible to receive fitness equipment. These classes include an educational book that covers various topics about walking and arthritis management, and the $12 registration fee covers the price of the book. 

Walk with Ease classes aim to help each participant implement realistic goals, maintain a long-term physical activity routine, and help Kansans find resources to stay active, she said. “WWE helps people with arthritis or other related conditions reduce pain, increase balance, strength, walking pace, and improve overall health. It is not only an evidence-based program, but it’s also fun.” 

Participants have the opportunity to walk, stretch and socialize during each session. WWE is a class created by the National Arthritis Foundation, and it is offered through Kansas State Research & Extension.

Walk with Ease provides pain management and physical activity education to individuals and families.

For more information, contact Winkel at or 620-793-1910.