Arthritis Awareness Month – May 2013

Arthritis Awareness Month – May 2013

Arthritis is one of the most common sources of disability in the United States, and it currently afflicts approximately 50 million adults and nearly 300,000 children. Created to challenge the many stereotypes surrounding this joint disorder, “Faces of Arthritis” is making an effort to educate and inform the general population about arthritis’s many implications.

Arthritis Faces Mantle Group

Faces of Arthritis: http://www.arthritis.org/facesofarthritis/

A particular stereotype about arthritis – that it only touches older adults – has been defaced with a surprising statistic: arthritis can touch any persons of any age (including children), and people under the age of 65 years appear to be the most affected. Moreover, arthritis is not a component of what is considered to be normal aging.

The treatments for arthritis can both minimize its progression and help to relieve pain. With supplemental treatment measures, such as physical activity, concurrent problems associated with arthritis can also be alleviated, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Walking seems to be the most preferred type of physical activity by people with arthritis, and it has been demonstrated to improve arthritic symptoms and overall quality of life.

Offer your support to people suffering from arthritis by participating in an Arthritis Walk! There is a Walk scheduled in Grand Forks, ND on Saturday, October 12th, 2013, which will also feature a Zombie 5k Fun Run, Kids’ Monster Dash ½ Mile Fun Run, and many prizes and awards. Your contributions will go towards the Arthritis Foundation. For more information about Arthritis Walks or to find one near you, visit http://www.arthritis.org/programs-events/arthritis-walk/.

Also the Arthritis Foundation Joints in Motion Go Far Charity Team 2013 Fargo Marathon, 10K or 5K walk or run had a team participate this year May 16-18, 2013. Contact Kelly Brekke at 701-388-1988 or kbrekke@arthritis.org for more information on future events or visit http://JointsInMotionUMR.kintera.org/.

For more information concerning arthritis or to connect with others, visit the following:

Sources:

  •  www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6217a7.htm?s_cid=mm6217a7_e
  •  www.arthritis.org/facesofarthritis/
  •  http://www.arthritis.org/programs-events/arthritis-walk/
  •  http://www.arthritis.org/files//offices/nd/2013-GoFar-Charity-Team-Flyer.pdf
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