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.
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.
With schools resuming classes and Labor Day quickly approaching, it may feel like the summer is ending. The summer season will continue for the next month (the Autumnal Equinox is September 22), and we continue to have longer days with a few extra hours of sunlight in the morning and in the evening following a traditional workday. Take the opportunity with the extra sunlight to continue your summer of being active outdoors!
As we mentioned in a recent article, "Walk for Your Health," physical activity is so important for our health.
Understand how to eat with diabetes while still making it enjoyable
Monitor and manage your blood sugar
Start or maintain a regular exercise program
Communicate better with family, friends, and your medical team
Design your own self-management program
Better Choices, Better Health(R) Diabetes is currently being offered at NO COST for participants. This online program requires an internet connection and participants log-on 2-3 times per week for approximately 2 hours total each week.
Another self-management resource for persons with diabetes living in southwest Missouri, is to take an in-person Diabetes Self-Management Program course. This course is taught by lay leaders and runs for 2.5 hours each week for 6 weeks. To learn more about upcoming course offerings in the Springfield and Ava, Missouri areas, please click here or contact Heather Scott, Southwest Missouri RAC Coordinator.
How much are you walking each day? Whether you are just walking or wheeling to the mailbox or to the end of the driveway to get your paper every day, or if you are actively making an effort to go on a walk most days of the week, most of us spend more time than we think on the move. This is important to our health! The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (CDC) recommends that all adults, even those with disabilities, get at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate intensity, aerobic physical activity (such as brisk walking) per week.
Free six-week course begins July 2 in Springfield and July 16 in Mountain View.
Are you having trouble managing your diabetes? If you’re not careful, it can lead to life-threatening complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and even amputation. To help the community take control of the disease, the Southwest Missouri Regional Arthritis Center will present “Living Healthy with Diabetes,” a six-week course that begins Wednesday, July 2. Participants will learn how to do the following:
Communicate effectively with doctors and health care professionals
Fight fatigue and pain
Eat healthier and read nutrition labels
Keep blood sugar in check
Make daily tasks easier
The free course will run from 1-3:30 p.m. each Wednesday starting July 2 through August 6. Each session will be held at Mercy Health Plans, located at 4520 S. National Ave. in Springfield. Space is limited; call (417) 888-6787 to register.
The Mtn. View class run each Wednesday starting July 16 through August 20 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Each session will be held at Mercy-St. Francis at 100 U.S. 60 in Mtn. View. Space is limited; call (417) 934-7010 to register.
The $20 fee for each course has been waived, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Participants will also receive a free book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”