If you're ready to take a Step to Better Health, there are classes starting in a community near you. If you do not see a class listed, please contact your Regional Arthritis Center (RAC) to see about getting one scheduled!
Are you ready to take a Step to Better Health? Register today for a class starting soon near you! Chronic disease and diabetes self-management programs can help you to take control of your life and improve your overall quality of life. Physical activity programs can help you relieve pain from arthritis and many other chronic health problems, as well as help you lead a healthier life.
A 77-year old Marshfield resident, Virgil Gleason, has been helping his fellow community members take Steps to Better Health. Gleason, an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program leader, has arthritis. He recognized the benefits of physical activity and became a program leader for the Marshfield and Seymour communities in Southwest Missouri. Gleason was recently featured in a story by OzarksFirst. Check out more about Gleason and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program below!
To find an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in a Missouri community near you, to become a leader of the program, or to request the program come to your town, contact your Regional Arthritis Center (RAC) Coordinator.
Just two weeks into 2015, there is still plenty of time to take Steps to Better Health! Have you considered taking one of our self-management or physical activity classes? We offer classes in communities around Missouri for persons with chronic health problems and/or for caregivers. This week, resolve to check out a class near you - there are lots starting over the next eight weeks.
As another year comes to a close, many of us are still trying to think about the perfect resolution to make for the New Year. Others have resolved to not make a resolution they likely won't keep. If you haven't made a resolution yet, try this out: I resolve to take Steps to Better Health in 2015.
This could mean you'll finally take steps to lose some of that excess weight your doctor has been talking to you about for years. It could mean you'll start taking steps to eating healthier. Maybe you'll take steps to improve your physical fitness. Better health for you could mean keeping better track of your medications or talking with family members about your health or making more of your doctor's appointments. It could mean increasing your physical activity from one walk around the block to two. Maybe you'll enroll in a community education class or start regularly trying the crossword to keep your brain healthy.
No matter the specific actions, we can all resolve to take Steps to Better Health in 2015. At the beginning of each week, take 10 minutes to sit down and think about how you want to better your health that week. Make your goal achievable and specific. Be confident in your goal! If you commit to doing one thing over the course of one week, you can be well on your way to a year of better health. If you need more structured activities to improve your health, check out our group classes and programs that you can complete at home! We wish you all a very happy start to the New Year and look forward to hearing of the Steps to Better Health you are taking in 2015!
Just because the fall season is coming to an end (winter solstice occurs on Sunday, December 21), that doesn't mean we can't still talk about Falls Awareness! Falls Prevention Day occurred at the start of the season, September 23. This national event provided many resources in communities across the United States, including here in Missouri with the Show Me Falls Free Missouri. The winter season is another great time to talk about falls, as natural hazards and other fall risks may increase.
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!
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.
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.