Monday, May 23, 2005

SHOP SAFEWAY AND SUPPORT THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION.

In support of 'May is Arthritis Month, Safeway stores has designated the Washington/Alaska Chapter as its Charity of Choice.

Please visit any Safeway store in the Puget Sound area and deposit your change in a canister at the register.

AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO SHOP SAFEWAY TOO.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Hope through Heroes Home - Arthritis Foundation Hope through Heroes

Hope through Heroes Home - Arthritis Foundation Hope through Heroes: "Memorial and Tribute
The Arthritis Foundation's Hope through Heroes is a memorial and tribute site dedicated to people who live with and have lived with arthritis or chronic joint symptoms. This is a place where you can honor or commemorate the life of a friend or loved one by sharing their inspirational stories of hope. When you make a contribution in honor of or in memory of someone who has touched your life, you will also help provide important resources to accelerate arthritis cures and fund needed research, patient services, public and professional education and community services."

AF Chapters: Volunteer

AF Chapters: Volunteer: "VOLUNTEERS MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE...Join our team!
Each year, members of Washington and Alaska communities- families, business leaders, employees, and retirees- give the most valuable gift of all. You give your time. You give your talents. You give of yourselves. You give something back to the community to make things a little better for someone else and to make the world a better place to live.
The Arthritis Foundation is grateful for people like you! As a non-profit, with limited resources, the Arthritis Foundation counts on the time and energy donated by volunteers. No calculator can count the sum of your efforts.
The Arthritis Foundation Washington/Alaska Chapter hopes you will join our Team of Volunteers. Please see below for a list of ways you can get involved!
Programs & Services
Get involved with our chapter's programs and services! Join a committee to help make decisions and organize an area of our programming. Tell your story to legislators as a part of our advocacy network, or as part of our speakers bureau. Learn how to instruct one of our community exercise programs. Staff a booth at a health fair. Volunteer to help out in the office or with our Helpline. Some of the many areas you can work on are listed below, or for more information about programs and services volunteer opportunities, contact Johanna Lindsay at (206) 547-2707 or via e-mail at Johanna Lindsay.
Research
Lead or Host an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
AJAO/Juvenile Arthritis Programming
Juvenile Arthritis Family Camp
Young Adult Network Activities
Advocacy
Speaker's Bureau
Health Fair Booth Host
Professional Education Speaker



Fundraising Events
Help the chapter raise funds to support our programs and services. Volunteers are neede"

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Jingle Bell Run

Jingle Bell Run: "Move Your Feet to a Jingling Beat!
Imagine the sounds of hundreds of thousands of bells as people throughout the United States run and walk in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis�. Across the country this sound will be heard as people like you tie jingle bells to their shoelaces, don festive costumes and join neighbors in support of the Arthritis Foundation's mission to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases.
The annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk takes place during the holiday season throughout November and December. Choose from a 5K fun run or a 5K fun walk. Wear a seasonal costume and tie some jingling bells to your shoelaces to capture the best of the holiday season. Participants receive t-shirts, goodie bags and enjoy free food, entertainment, costume contests, and prize drawings. Come jingle with us!
Held in cities across the country, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun way for individuals, families and teams to get together for a great cause -- the fight against arthritis. Catch the spirit of the holiday season!"

Jingle Bell Run

Jingle Bell Run: "Move Your Feet to a Jingling Beat!
Imagine the sounds of hundreds of thousands of bells as people throughout the United States run and walk in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis�. Across the country this sound will be heard as people like you tie jingle bells to their shoelaces, don festive costumes and join neighbors in support of the Arthritis Foundation's mission to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases.
The annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk takes place during the holiday season throughout November and December. Choose from a 5K fun run or a 5K fun walk. Wear a seasonal costume and tie some jingling bells to your shoelaces to capture the best of the holiday season. Participants receive t-shirts, goodie bags and enjoy free food, entertainment, costume contests, and prize drawings. Come jingle with us!
Held in cities across the country, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun way for individuals, families and teams to get together for a great cause -- the fight against arthritis. Catch the spirit of the holiday season!"

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Arthritis in Children, Teens and Young Adults

Arthritis in Children, Teens and Young Adults: "Arthritis in Children, Teens and
Young Adults

Right now, there are nearly 300,000 children in America with some form of arthritis or rheumatic disease. There are 8.4 million young adults between the ages of 18-44 who have arthritis and millions of others at risk for developing it."

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Man’s Best Friend Can Help You Fight Arthritis

Did you know that the family dog could be the best thing to happen to your health? A brisk walk with your canine companion can help keep you and your dog fit and can relieve some of the aches, pains and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis.

More than 20 million Americans have osteoarthritis, also known as OA. OA is a degenerative joint disease that is characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage, with bone eventually meeting bone. Many of the disease signs, symptoms and treatments are similar in both pets and people.

"With proper diet, exercise and medical treatment, mobility can be maintained and arthritis pain reduced," said Dr. John H. Klippel, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. "This means that your twice-daily walks can help to keep both you and your pet fit while alleviating pain and reducing swelling."

Early morning stiffness is a common sign of arthritis. While the temptation to rest in order to avoid aggravating the condition is strong, exercise actually helps - keeping joints lubricated and strengthening muscles and cartilage. The stronger the muscles and tissue are around joints, the better they will be able to support and protect those joints – even those weak and damaged by arthritis.

Exercise will help you and your pet:

- Keep your joints flexible.
- Keep muscles around the joints strong.
- Prevent further deterioration of bone and cartilage.
- Improve your ability to perform daily activities.
- Improve your overall health and fitness by giving you more energy, helping you sleep better, making your heart stronger and controlling your weight.

The Arthritis Foundation hosts nearly 300 Arthritis Walks around the country each May to raise awareness and funds to fight arthritis, the nation's number one cause of disability. A complete schedule can be found at www.arthritis.org.

"We invite everyone to participate in our Arthritis Walks," added Klippel. "We know people and their pets who enjoy regular walks will have healthier joints, brighter spirits and a closer bond."

Monday, May 02, 2005

Arthritis Walk 2005: Improved Quality Of Life Product Donations To Washington Walk Chairs and Honorees

Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ Independent Dealers Provide Tools For Individuals With Arthritis And Related Diseases

Port Townsend, WA May 2, 2005 - Washington state Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ independent dealers are providing the “ultimate arthritic foot bed”: springy soled shoes, elastic Knoty Boy shoe laces, Sof Sole Socks, Sof Sole Comfort Insoles and Lynco arch supports/orthoses. The products will be presented to Arthritis Foundation Washington/Alaska Chapter (Blog) Arthritis Walk chairs and honorees with arthritis at all four state events.

May is National Arthritis Month, and the Arthritis Foundation is looking for walkers to raise money to fight the painful disease.

About one of every three adults and about 300,000 children are afflicted with arthritis nationwide.


In May and June, Washington State Arthritis Walks and health fairs are scheduled in four counties:

  • Skagit
    May 14 at the Cascade Mall in Burlington
  • Kitsap
    May 21 at Waterfront Park in Silverdale
  • Pierce
    June 4 at Owens Beach at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma
  • Spokane
    June 18 at Centennial Trail at Gonzaga University in Spokane

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.

The walk serves as more than a fund-raiser and roaming support group. Another goal is to promote a greater awareness that the condition victimizes even the very young, contrary to the common misconception that arthritis is a condition striking only the elderly. Arthritis affects more children in the United States than muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia combined.

Participating Washington State Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ Independent Dealers

Shoe Safari – Silverdale Arthritis Walk Health Fair/Z-CoiL Donation

Our mission at Shoe Safari is to help relieve the pain of those with foot, knee, or back problems. We have an impressive track record of dramatically reducing the pain of arthritis sufferers by reducing foot shock and impact stress on the entire skeletal structure. Many of our clients have dramatically reduced the need for pain medications.

A Step In Time – Spokane Arthritis Walk Health Fair/Z-CoiL Donation

Spring's Pain Relief Z-CoiL Footwear – Tacoma Arthritis Walk Health Fair/Z-CoiL Donation

Feel Good Footwear (Bellevue) Z-CoiL Donation, Tacoma

EZ Step – Burlington Arthritis Walk Health Fair/Z-CoiL Donation

Your2Feet – (Seattle) Z-CoiL Donation, Burlington

Washington State Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ Independent Dealer Contact Information

“Arthritis sufferers have benefited from wearing the pain relief footwear in many circumstances. Since there are over 31 adjustments, caution is recommended for a slow break in period,” writes Dr. Lotchie M. Kerch, D.P.M, Seattle Podiatric Physician & Foot Surgeon, on her Z-CoiL blog. “The main effect of the shoes is to reduce impact. You will also notice your center of gravity changes when wearing the shoes. This engages different muscles (the lateral stabilizing muscles) making it necessary to wear them for as little as an hour the first day, and increasing the wearing time gradually every day. As you become stronger, this sensation of "bouncing" and balancing dissipates. Depending on your type of arthritis, this may prove very beneficial for relieving symptoms. You are reducing impact and getting energy return, which causes a differing weight distribution.”

Knoty Boy (FST) – The Ultimate Shoelace
Transforms lace-up footwear into an ease of use; slip-on slip-off, for Arthritic ease

Revolutionary - Footwear Stabilization Technology (FST)

Converts each eyelet along the shoe upper into an isolated ‘tension zone’;

Re-emerging knots maintain adjusted tension or looseness and never need tying.

Footwear can now be comfortably adjusted for:

  • Natural foot profile stabilization
  • Problem feet
  • Sport specific demands
  • In-step sensitivity relief

Enhances footwear technologies: outsoles, insoles, and orthotics.

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Friday, April 29, 2005

CDC Study Reveals 1.6 million people in Washington and Alaska have Arthritis

Urgency Needed to Impact Nation’s Number One Cause of Disability

The Arthritis Foundation is calling for a new sense of urgency and resolve to address the pain, limitations and disability of arthritis based on alarming new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which revealed in the first state-by-state survey of arthritis and chronic joint symptoms that 1.5 million or 34% of people in Washington and 129,000 or 29% of people in Alaska are affected. The new numbers also revealed that as many as 70 million Americans -- or one in three adults -- suffer from arthritis and/or chronic joint symptoms. This surpasses a previous estimate of 43 million persons with arthritis.

“We are a nation in pain. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability and affects more people than ever imagined. It’s time we individually and as a society fully realize the seriousness of arthritis and take action to limit its impact,” said Tino J. Mantella, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. "What may start as minor aches and pains today could end up affecting your future ability to enjoy the everyday activities you love, including work, family, hobbies and recreation.” (more)

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Thousands Expected to Team Up for Coast-to-Coast Arthritis Walks

ATLANTA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of people across the country will team up with friends, family members and co-workers to help raise awareness and funds to fight arthritis, a chronic and often debilitating condition. With the rate of arthritis among Americans increasing dramatically, the disease is now the nation's leading cause of disability.

Arthritis and chronic joint symptoms affect 66 million adults and 300,000 children, and cost the U.S. $86.2 billion annually.

Arthritis strikes people of all ages, including children. It affects the way people live, the things they enjoy and their emotional and social interactions with family and friends. For the one in three Americans with arthritis, the pain and inflammation associated with this chronic condition can limit everyday activities such as walking, dressing and even bathing.

"The Arthritis Foundation is here to help people with arthritis take a more active role in managing their disease. Participating in the Arthritis Walk can be a first step toward the kind of healthy lifestyle that may help prevent or control arthritis," said John H. Klippel, M.D., president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. "Walking can reduce joint pain and stiffness, build muscles around the joints and increase flexibility and endurance." (more)

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Join the Arthritis Foundation!

Take Control of Arthritis. Take Charge of Life!

For a minimum donation of only $20, you can become a Member of the Arthritis Foundation.

Your gift will help prevent, control and cure arthritis by providing the money we need to help dedicated researchers and scientists find treatments and cures for arthritis, and help support vital community services.

As an Arthritis Foundation Member, you will receive a full year (6 issues) of the award-winning Arthritis Today magazine -- delivered to your home every-other month! Plus, you'll get all of these benefits...

• The latest Drug Guide which lists hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs commonly used for arthritis and related diseases with information on side effects, cautions and contraindications along with a special drug dosage diary;
• Your own, personalized Arthritis Foundation Membership Card which includes your special Member Identification number;
• Special Member’s Only discount on all Foundation books and video purchases – you’ll save 10% on every order you place!;
• Special announcements about self-help and education programs;
• Access to the Arthritis Specialists Referral List;
• Special updates on research in the area of arthritis;
• Invitations to regional and local events and program activities;

By request, a BONUS subscription to Kids Get Arthritis Too, a bi-monthly newsletter filled with information to help families with arthritis;

Plus---your tax-deductible contribution will support critical arthritis research and community services. Contribute with confidence!

Make me a member today!

Living with Arthritis - News - Burke Connection

Robinson seventh grader Emily Smith is a national honoree for the upcoming Arthritis Walk.

"Emily Smith ran 3/4 of a mile for the first time in her life in January. Next month, she will walk a longer distance for awareness about the disease that she has had nearly since birth.

Emily, 13, of Burke Centre, has been named the National Arthritis Walk Honoree for 2005, meaning she will serve as the face of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for the 75,000 participants who are expected nationwide this year. In Fairfax County, a walk is taking place Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m., at Robinson Secondary School. Emily is a seventh grader at Robinson and has been living with arthritis since she was 2 years old. " (more)


By Glenn McCarty
April 20, 2005

Arthritis Foundation Chapter Walk

Arthritis Foundation Chapter Walk

Arthitis Walk 2002 Photo Album


Arthritis Walk 2002 Photo Album: Team Aleve

Arthritis Walk 2005 - Skagit
Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 a.m. at the Cascade Mall

Walk with us this spring

The Arthritis WalkSM is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual nationwide event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. It is a tremendous opportunity to impact the lives of 70 million men, women and children with arthritis or chronic joint symptoms. Get your company involved or recruit friends and family members to form a team. Best of all, walk in honor of a loved one with arthritis and know you’re making a difference by raising funds to support Arthritis Foundation research, public health and public policy efforts to improve the lives of people with arthritis. (more)

Stars Team Up with Arthritis Walk

"Huntsville, AL- The Huntsville Stars, the AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, are teaming up with the Arthritis Foundation for The Arthritis Walk 2005.

The event will be held Saturday April 30th at 9am at the University Fitness Center on the campus of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and members of the Stars team will be walking to raise money for the cause. " (more)