Four Ways to Celebrate National Arthritis Awareness Month

May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. According to the CDC, arthritis affects about one in four adults overall, which equals over 54 million men and women. Unfortunately, these numbers are continuing to grow and it’s time to start fighting back with education. The aim of National Arthritis Awareness Month is to raise awareness of the burden of this disease and to ensure all people affected are aware of the support available to them.

We encourage all NORM members to get their patients and practices involved.  To help you do that, we’ve put together four ways you can make this National Arthritis Awareness Month the most successful one yet.

Get involved.

Sign up to participate in an event and help fund raise for a cure. Not only are you helping to bring in funds, but you will be spreading awareness and educating others around you.

Tell your story.

This year, people are encouraged to share their personal stories and become a “Champion of Yes”, which is the new brand of the Arthritis Foundation.  This is a wonderful way to connect with the arthritis community as well as find and give support to others. Many people have already shared their stories, and the result is a powerful resource. While this campaign is geared toward individuals rather than practices, it’s a wonderful project to point your patients toward. Telling them about this opportunity and encouraging them to take part is a great way to celebrate National Arthritis Awareness Month.

Become an advocate.

One of the goals of National Arthritis Awareness Month is to influence public policy by educating decision-makers about this disease and what we can all do to help. Learn more about advocacy efforts and sign up to become an advocate. Tell your untold stories to legislators and help the fight to make sure that those with arthritis have access to the best medicine, healthcare and research possible.

Get moving.

There is no better time to begin and/or recommit yourself to a walking routine than during Arthritis Awareness Month. Walking is a great way for people with arthritis to be physically active. For those uncertain about walking, proven programs such as Walk With Ease can help people get started. Considering starting a local walking group where you can promote physical activity and spread awareness.

We hope these ideas help you celebrate National Arthritis Awareness Month and improve the lives of your patients. If you have any other ideas, please share them on our Facebook page.

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