The seven Regional Arthritis Centers (RACs) are part of a statewide network run by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program (MAOP). For Missouri Arthritis Program information, click here. Click on the map to go directly to each RAC's web page.
November is a time to come together as a community to stop diabetes. In order to do this, we must spread the word and educate others on the powerful impact that diabetes can have on someone’s life. The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. So let’s work together to make this known!
Thank Our Veterans and Offer Steps to Better Health
Today, November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. Veterans Day was originally proclaimed as “Armistice Day” In November 1919 at the end of World War I. The Act of 1938 officially made this day a legal holiday “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace”, primarily to honor veterans of World War I (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014). Veterans Day, as we know it today, became official in 1954 in order to honor American veterans of all wars. The purpose of Veterans Day is “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good” (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014). We thank all of our veterans for their service!
Today, November 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their weekly public health information and recommendations report (MMWR, Vol. 63, No. 44); this report has information of note for the arthritis community. We know that arthritis is very common overall for both men and women of all age groups and ethnicities. In the report, Arthritis Among Veterans, we learn that arthritis is more common among veterans than non-veterans overall. Nationally, about 1 in 3 veterans (35%) have arthritis (CDC, 2014). In Missouri, the number of veterans with arthritis is closer to 2 in 5 (37%) (CDC, 2014). You can read the national report in full here. Check back next week as we look more specifically at Missouri veterans. We will feature state resources that help to improve the quality of life for Missouri veterans with chronic health conditions, like arthritis.
As baseball season comes to an end and football season ramps up, we also find ourselves at the start of flu season. This year, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is encouraging all Missourians to "Stay in the game. Get vaccinated." and Tackle the Flu! Want to know more about flu symptoms, recommendations for who should get vaccinated, why health officials encourage folks to get vaccinated, and ways to protect yourself from the flu? Click here for more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A quick fact sheet can also be found below:
The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program helps individuals improve in flexibility and motion. The exercises done are designed to support individuals with arthritis or pain from other health conditions. All exercises help support joint movement and are modifiable to an individual’s needs. No matter if you are just starting to exercise for the first time, if you are re-starting to exercise, or if you regularly exercise, this program is beneficial for improving your health.
Self-management classes help teach and reinforce important skills so individuals can properly manage a number of common chronic diseases. Some common chronic health problems include: arthritis, asthma diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and lung disease. These programs are offered in a classroom-like setting and are led by other people who have chronic health conditions. The Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program offers four in-person self-management classes: Living a Healthy Life (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program – CDSMP), Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), Tomando Control de su Salud (Spanish version of CDSMP), and Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). The Living a Healthy Life and Tomando Control de su Salud classes are available to any person with a chronic disease and/or their caregivers.
The Walk With Ease program is designed to help individuals stay active in order to comfort joints and relieve arthritis pain. It consists of a basic workout regimen, which may seem scary; however, Walk With Ease is very friendly to those just starting or re-starting physical activity programs. It involves a basic warm-up followed by the main exercise (walking). The program ends each session with a cool down to help calm nerves and ease joint pressure. Walk With Ease is offered in a group setting with a trained instructor. It is also offered in an independent format – the class is structured the same and you get the same materials, but you complete it on your own time. You can sign-up for the independent format and still complete the sessions with your friends, family, and co-workers.
The Arthritis Toolkit is an at-home kit that allows you to work on your own time and at your own pace. The Toolkit includes The Arthritis Helpbook. This is a guide to many conditions related to arthritis and also describes how best to manage any health problems.