Evidence-Based Programs


Liberty Parks & Rec has expanded its FREE virtual and in-person Evidence-Based Programs! These wellness programs are scientifically proven to help you take charge of your health, manage chronic conditions, increase your physical activity and more. Check out the current program offerings, and if you are interested in some of the others, please fill out the INTEREST FORM and a staff member will contact you within 48 hours of your submission. 

Walk With Ease

This program has been proven effective in increasing balance, reducing pain, improving mental health, flexibility and overall physical health. Walk With Ease (WWE) is the only walking program identified as arthritis-appropriate and evidence-based by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brought to you by the experts you trust at the Arthritis Foundation, WWE provides techniques to build up and maintain a successful walking program. This program consists of both an education piece and a walking element. (WWE will meet 2 times per week in-person for education and group walk. One additional  walk a week self- directed.) 

  • Feb. 28 - Apr. 8, 2022 (6 weeks)
  • Mondays & Fridays
  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Map »
  • Free
  • Registration deadline is Feb. 24

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Active Living Every Day

Active Living Every Day is like no exercise class you’ve ever been to, it’s designed to help you get on track and stay there. In fact, you won’t formally exercise at all in your weekly Active Living classes. Instead, you’ll focus on finding ways to be active every day: at work, at home, on vacation, etc. Active Living Every Day works to help you implement proven strategies that will help you overcome barriers, set realistic goals, build confidence and cultivate the motivation that you need to become and stay physically active.

  • March 8 - May 24, 2022(12 weeks)
  • Tuesdays
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Liberty Community Center  Map »
  • Free
  • Registration deadline is March 3

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A Matter of Balance

The in-person program includes 8 two-hour sessions, structured small groups that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. NO VIRTUAL OPTION, in person only

Aging Mastery Program  (AMP)

Aging Mastery is a comprehensive and fun approach to living that celebrates the gift of longevity. Central to the Aging Mastery philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered to cultivate health and longevity. Equally important, the program encourages mastery—developing sustainable behaviors across many dimensions that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security, enhanced well-being, and increased connections to communities. The path to mastery is entirely individual. Individuals set their own goals and create their own pathways to these goals, opening the door to autonomy and purpose in the process. Each week will have a guest speaker cover a topic from the curriculum.

Circle of Friends

The overall goal of the Circle of Friends® is to alleviate and prevent loneliness for older adults. Circle of Friends® allows members to meet new people, engage in meaningful activities and discussions, and share feelings of loneliness. This group meets once a week for twelve weeks and focus on goal- oriented encouragement for group members to share input with facilitators and influence the content of meetings. The aim is that members will build strong relationships with one another and continue to meet independently once the formal group has concluded.

Diabetes Self-Management

The American Diabetes Association identifies this program as meeting the Diabetes Support Initiative criteria for support programming. Each session of the workshop is very interactive allowing participants to build confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives through mutual support and success. Workshops are 2.5 hours long and held once per week over a seven week period of time with plenty of socializing breaks built into each session.

Healthy Eating Every Day

Whether you’re looking for ways to improve the quality of what you eat, are you trying to balance calories to reach a healthy weight, need a total diet makeover or just a tweak here and there, Healthy Eating Every Day has the answers for you! This program will empower you to change your eating habits for a lifetime with fun and simple, whole-diet approaches that do not eliminate food groups or require you to cut out meals. Learn to identify and cope with triggers that lead to poor eating; identify methods to eat well when dining out; create shopping lists for healthy foods within your budget; read and understand food labels and eat a balanced diet that includes foods you enjoy. 

Steps to Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions

This is an interactive evidence-based workshop designed for adults living with a chronic condition such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, as well as adults who care for someone with a chronic condition. This workshop focuses on helping adults manage their chronic conditions through goal setting; stress, anxiety and depression management, physical activity, healthy eating, appropriate use of medication and effective communication with health care providers, family and friends.

Steps to Healthier Living with Chronic Pain

This workshop will focus on helping adults manage their chronic pain through goal setting; techniques that help manage frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, physical activity, healthy eating and appropriate use of medication, as well as, effectively communicating with health care providers, family and friends. Workshops are 2.5 hours long and held once per week over a seven week period of time with plenty of socializing breaks built into the workshops.

This project was funded in part by an award to the Missouri Association on Area Agencies on Aging through a grant from Prevention and Public Health Fund given by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living.