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Let's Move Together! - Support the Fight by Joining Your Local Arthritis Walk


The Arthritis Walk® is the signature fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. It's not just an event, it's a celebration of year-round movement to help prevent and treat arthritis.

Chicago, IL, April 13, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Let's Move Together!

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month – Support the Fight by Participating in your local Arthritis Walk.

Today, one in five Americans is living with the pain of arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects that by the year 2030, an estimated 67 million people in the U.S. will be affected by arthritis, up from current estimates of 50 million. For information about arthritis statistics in your specific state please visit the CDC – State Data List. Even more alarming is the fact that the prevalence of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, continues to rise even though it can often be prevented by staying active through enjoyable physical activities such as walking.

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month and all across the Heartland Region of the Arthritis Foundation work is being done to inform the public of the benefits of physical activity to ease the pain of arthritis or prevent some forms from developing. The Heartland Region consists of the six Midwest states of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Indiana.

Let’s Move Together is designed to inspire people to move every day to prevent or treat arthritis, encouraging daily physical activity for better health and participation in their local Arthritis Walk—an annual event that promotes fun and fitness. In 2011 there are more than 250 Arthritis Walks nationwide, one of which is sure to be near you. To find your local walk, and learn how to participate, please visit the Arthritis Walk Homepage.

“Physical activity, such as walking, is crucial to managing joint pain, improving mobility and reducing fatigue often associated with arthritis,” said Tom Fite, Heartland Region CEO, Arthritis Foundation. “It is our hope that the Let’s Move Together Arthritis Walk will lead people to take action, both to improve their own lives and the lives of others with arthritis.”

Through the Let’s Move Together Web site, www.letsmovetogether.org, the Arthritis Foundation provides tips, newsletters, podcasts, and other online tools including a new movement tracker to keep people motivated and on-track to achieving better overall health all year.

“Physical activity is a natural pain reliever for most people suffering from arthritis,” said Fite. “Moving just 10 minutes, three times a day can ease joint pain, improve mobility and reduce fatigue often associated with arthritis.”

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases -- the nation's leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest non-governmental funder of arthritis research in the world. Since 1948, the Arthritis Foundation has provided $400 million to arthritis-related research through its nationally recognized peer-review research award program. For free information on improving health and limiting the impact of arthritis, contact the Arthritis Foundation at (800) 283-7800 or www.arthritis.org.

Contact:
Kevin Cearnal
Arthritis Foundation
(314)991-9333 ext 1317
kcearnal@arthritis.org

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Arthritis Foundation
Kevin Cearnal
314-991-9333 ext 1317
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