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.
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.
Although many believe Valentine’s Day is a day of romance, it is also a day that you can celebrate all the special people in your life. This year, remember to show love to your caregivers! A caregiver is an individual that can be a doctor, a home-health nurse, a friend, neighbor, or even a family member that assists in the treatment or prevention of illness or disability. These individuals play a crucial role in helping those with chronic health conditions achieve more. This Valentine’s Day, let’s give our caregivers some extra recognition! Traditional gifts given on Valentine’s Day include jewelry, chocolate, and flowers. While all of those are special, there are other ways to show your gratitude. For example, a simple thank you or a greeting card would be sure to brighten someone’s day! Even though it isn’t National Family Caregivers Month (November), here are some additional ways you can show some love for your caregivers. Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to show your gratitude, but it is always great to make sure those around us know they are appreciated year-round. Happy Valentine’s Day!