Get Moving in the Fight Against Arthritis
St. Louis Arthritis Walk Helps Improve Lives of 50 Million Americans with Arthritis
Join the fight against the nation’s leading cause of disability by taking part in the St. Louis Arthritis Walk on Friday, May 17, from 6-9 p.m. at Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs, 1851 Schoettler Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. The Arthritis Walk is an annual event held by the Arthritis Foundation to raise funds to fight arthritis and spread the message that regular movement can limit the impact of arthritis.
Arthritis affects 50 million Americans, which is one in every five adults. While often associated with old age, arthritis can affect men, women and children of any age. In fact, there are currently 300,000 children in the U.S. living with arthritis. In Missouri, 1,325,000 adults and 5,700 children are living with arthritis.
More than just aches and pains, arthritis is a chronic condition that can make everyday activities such as getting dressed and preparing food seem almost impossible. The Arthritis Walk is a way to conquer this debilitating and unacceptable disease by raising funds for arthritis research, education and programs in communities across the country.
The Arthritis Walk also celebrates year-round movement as a means of preventing and treating arthritis. Just 30 minutes of exercise each day can be effective in reducing pain, stiffness and inflammation and improving mobility. According Jan Bignall, Arthritis Foundation Executive Director, “Sometimes starting an exercise program can seem difficult, but it’s important for people to realize they can start slow and have fun. The Arthritis Walk is a great way to get some exercise with family and friends while raising critical funds to fight arthritis.”
The St. Louis Arthritis Walk will feature youth honoree Markie Bullington. Markie was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was just 16 months old. Enjoy a 5K or 1 Mile Walk, food, entertainment, family and pet friendly fun!
To learn more and register for the St. Louis Arthritis Walk, go to www.arthritiswalkstl.org or contact Jan Bignall at (314) 991-9333. To learn more about how movement can help prevent and treat arthritis, visit www.letsmovetogether.org.