Walk to Fight Arthritis: Sign up Now for May 19th Event

Walk to Fight Arthritis
Sign up Now for May 19th Event

The Arthritis Foundation is calling for people to take action against arthritis by participating in the 2007 Arthritis Walk. The annual nationwide event takes place in May during national Arthritis Month, raising funds and awareness to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. The Western Maryland Branch Arthritis Walk will take place on Saturday, May 19 at Fairgrounds Park - North Pavilion. Registration takes place at 10am and the walk begins at 11am.
To get involved or form a walk team, visit www.arthritis.org or call 301-663-0303 or 800-750-9078.
Arthritis or chronic joint symptoms are more widespread than imagined, affecting 66 million Americans, or one out of three adults and approximately 300,000 children. Here in Maryland, arthritis affects more than over 1 million people - or 1 in 5 adults.
"The Arthritis Foundation is here to help people with arthritis take a more active role in managing their disease. Participating in the Arthritis Walk can be a first step toward the healthy lifestyle that may help prevent or control arthritis," said John H. Kippel, M.D., president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation.
The Arthritis Walk takes place in communities nationwide each May in conjunction with National Arthritis Month. There are more than 400 local Arthritis Walks, each featuring a three-mile and one-mile course. Participants can walk for a friend or a family member with arthritis, while people with arthritis wear blue visors to signify they are walking to take control of their arthritis.
In 2006, ore than 75,000 walkers participated and helped raise money to fund arthritis research, health education, and government advocacy efforts to improve the lives of those living with arthritis.