Move To Improve Arthritis

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Take action to reduce the burden of arthritis around the world.

World Arthritis Day is October 12 and, to increase awareness of the many forms of arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation is calling on individuals and policymakers to take action to reduce the severe health and economic effects of this disease.

Arthritis affects several hundred million people worldwide. In the United States, it’s the nation’s leading cause of disability, affecting one in five adults (50 million). The disease exacts a hefty financial toll, costing the US economy $128 billion annually.

The “Move to Improve” ‚Ä®Movement is especially important for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases and is one of the many ways to fight off arthritis. As a recently released public service campaign by the Ad Council and Arthritis Foundation highlights, even doing a small amount of extra activity can help. Walking, biking, swimming, or even joining a friend for tennis can help reduce risk and improve pain.

In commemoration of World Arthritis Day, the Arthritis Foundation and partners are hosting the following initiatives:

Move Around the World—Movement is a weapon in the battle against the disease. Invite your friends and log your movements online. Collectively, we’ll move more than 24,000 miles, the circumference of the earth, by Oct. 31.

Healing Hands for Arthritis—Massage therapy can help get you moving by easing painful symptoms of arthritis. On World Arthritis Day, over 700 Massage Envy locations will join the fight against arthritis. Massage Envy, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient, and affordable massage and spa services, will donate $10 from every one-hour massage and facial to support the Arthritis Foundation’s efforts to prevent, control, and cure arthritis. Appointments are now being accepted for the Healing Hands for Arthritis event. To schedule your massage or facial appointment, contact your local Massage Envy clinic.

Empire State Building Lighting—The Empire State Building will honor World Arthritis Day on October 12, 2011, by shining its world-famous tower lights in all blue.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis—Form a Jingle Bell Run/Walk team and raise awareness and funds to fight arthritis. Be one of the first 1,000 people to register on Oct. 12 and receive a free gift.                 

To participate in World Arthritis Day activities and to fight back against arthritis, visit www.FightArthritisPain.org/WorldArthritisDay.

For more information, visit www.arthritis.org and www.worldarthritisday.org