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Arthritis Month

Arthritis is the term that covers several rheumatic diseases (Arthritis Foundation, 2011). These diseases affect the joints and musculoskeletal system and can range from causing mild discomfort to persistent, debilitating pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis followed by rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus, gout, and fibromyalgia are other forms of the disease.

Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health from 2009 indicated that 26.3% of Illinois residents have arthritis, which was .3% higher than the national prevalence of the disease. Contributing factors include the following risks:

Smoking (19.5%)
Physical Inactivity (47.0%)
Unhealthy Diet (82.1%)
Overweight/Obesity (75.2%)
Hypertension (53.9%)
High Cholesterol (53.0%)

The Arthritis Foundation has several tools to help those living with arthritis manage the condition. Her are few highlights:

Track +React
This is a day to day wellness tool that can be accessed via a computer or smartphone using the Android, iPad or iPhone applications. There are utilities for monitoring diet, exercise,

Disease Center
This link on the Arthritis Foundation website includes articles and information on the multiple forms of arthritis and related diseases.

Everyday Solutions
This page provides links for tips on coping with arthritis and negotiating physical and social activities while living with the disease.
Chicago will also host a Walk to Cure Arthritis. Details are below:

2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis
May 16, 2014
Lincoln Park

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