Fitbit Challenge Update: June

Only four months until September!

As a build up to our 2017 NORM Conference in Kansas City, MO, we want to help our members get healthy in a new year! That’s why we are challenging our members to work towards a goal of 1 BILLION steps by September 2017. If we meet our goal, NORM will donate $10,000 to non-profits fighting for our patients.

In May, our members took about 8 million steps!


That puts us over 81 million steps so far!

Join us!

To sign up, you or your spouse must be a member of NORM and have a FitBit.

Contact NORM to join.

Share how you get your steps by tweeting @NORMGrp on Twitter or posting to our Facebook page.

To help you get those steps and get healthy, we want to inspire you so get up and move!

The sun is shining, the days are longer so it is the perfect time for NORM members to become more active and healthy.

Do you crave a nap in the middle of work day? Don’t shut your door and close your eyes for 10 minutes. Lace up your tennis shoes and take a walk. Patrick O’Connor, co-director of the University of Georgia exercise psychology laboratory, in Athens, Ga, says “if you’re physically inactive and fatigued, being just a bit more active will help.” (Prevention Magazine 2006)

Don’t want to carry your tennis shoes to work, simply getting 250 steps each hour can help offset your risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, inflammation and atherosclerosis. Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine also discovered that people who got up and moved around two minutes (250 steps) an hour had a 33% lower risk of dying. ( Set a timer on your computer to remind you to walk each hour.

These two minute walks each hour at work provide 2000 steps. This doesn’t meet federal guidelines for physical exercise but it does improve your health, provide a burst of energy and it means you only have 8,000 more steps to go for the day. Park your car at the far end of the parking lot, walk around the building to the furthest door, take a family stroll after dinner are just a few ways to get those 8,000 steps.

NORM members remember to sync your FitBit to your phone/tablet to ensure that we have your daily steps. It isn’t too late to join the NORM FitBit Challenge. If you are a new member contact Tammy (insert link to contact page) and she will send you an invite to join our group. Don’t have a FitBit but want to join our challenge. You can! Just send Tammy a picture (screenshot) of your total steps for the month by the 3rd of the next month.

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  • As a speaker at the first ad hoc meeting of rheumatology practice managers gathered in a single small room at its infancy a decade ago, I’m amazed to see how NORM has blossomed into a high energy organization of depth and professional meetings with parallel break-out symposia between plenary sessions. NORM has truly come of age. This is where the “business” of rheumatology gets learned. The ”guildmanship” for rheumatology practice management is now strong.- Paul H. Caldron, DO, FACP, FACR, MBA, Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates
  • In a time of demanding changes in the management of medical practices in the US, NORM has been a lifesaver to the community of Rheumatology practices.  NORM has allowed our practice to stay ahead of the many demands of CMS and others payors and has ensured that our practice remains cognizant of new issues that arise in HIPPA compliance, human resources and medical billing to name a few. Sending our Practice Manager to NORM's conferences has been cost-effective and beneficial to our practice because she returns to our office with an abundance of information that otherwise would have taken months to compile. Every Rheumatology practice that wishes to stay on top of emerging issues in practice management should consider sending a member of their staff to NORM's conference.- Michael S. Rosen M.D., Chester County Rheumatology PC
  • Thanks to all those wonderful people in the NORM Network who respond to emails, offering their advice, experience, time, and support ... I haven't even been a member a full year yet and I am amazed at the dedication of everyone who responds to helping via emails and the NORM Organization itself! I have barely had a chance to explore the resources and I have yet to really dive into requests for help still I am silently learning so much and do occasionally offer what I can! Thank you all!- Cheryl Piambino, Kenneth E. Bresky, DO

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