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.
Do you have trouble with sticking to your goals? Developing an action plan may be beneficial to you! But what exactly is an action plan anyway? An action plan is a document that lists what steps must be taken in order to achieve a specific goal. An action plan clarifies what resources are required to reach that goal, while also providing a timeline that outlines when tasks need to be achieved.
You may be asking yourself, “how do I create an action plan?” Stanford University has taken the guess work out of creating an action plan by developing an application that will help you to self-manage your long-term goals or chronic illnesses right from the palm of your hand. My Action Planner is available on both iTunes and the Google Play Store. This app is designed for both Apple and Android devices.
My Action Planner is user friendly. Once you have downloaded the app, each week you simply describe your plan and then update your progress daily. At the end of the week, you then evaluate your progress, and that’s it!
Designed by Stanford, the same institution who brought us the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, My Action Planner will help you manage your health and help you make the changes you want to in order to live a happier, healthier life! Visit the My Action Planner website to learn more or to view a tutorial for your device.
In case you want to develop an action plan on your own, make sure it includes:
What you are going to do
How much you are going to do it
When you are going to do it
How many days a week you are going to do it
For example: This week I will walk (what) around the block (how much) before lunch (when) three times (how many).
A good action plan should also include how confident you are in what you are doing. Rank how confident you are on a scale from 0-10 (0 = not at all confident; 10 = totally confident)
Today, April 2, is National Walking Day 2014! This day, established by the American Heart Association, kicks off a "season" of outdoor activity, especially walking. While most of us in Missouri had a rainy start to the day, the rain has cleared off, providing a chance to get out and walk outdoors! The challenge posed by the American Heart Association through National Walking Day, is for individuals to lace up their sneakers and get outside today to walk for at least 30 minutes.
For a limited time (until Monday, March 31, 2014 at 10:59 pm CST), the Arthritis Foundation is offering the Walk With Ease at-home kit at a discounted price. Act now to receive this 30% off offer from the Arthritis Foundation!
Are you not sure that you want to buy the at-home kit, but are still interested in the program? Your local Regional Arthritis Center (RAC) is currently offering the at-home Walk With Ease program at a low or NO COST to Missourians thanks to federal grant funding. Contact your RAC to learn more!
Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Million Hearts® and The Heart Truth® are two campaigns that help support American Heart Month here in the United States. Million Hearts® is a national initiative that works to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, while The Heart Truth® is a 28-day challenge during the month of February that encourages women to take action to lower their risk for heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there are three key risk factors tied to heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol (LDL), and smoking. 49% of Americans have one or more key risk factors linked back to heart disease. It’s not too late to make the decision to change! If you would like to change your lifestyle and reduce your risk of heart disease you can start by accepting The Heart Truth Challenge. Simply go to The Heart Truth® facebook page and accept the challenge of the day. Their page is a great resource and a simple way to share how you are making changes for the better in your life.