Walk for Wellness this Arthritis Awareness Month

Walk for Wellness this Arthritis Awareness Month

(ARA)- Arthritis, the number one cause of disability in the United States, affects one in five adults and nearly 300,000 children and the predictions are it will soon get worse. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that by 2030, the number of U.S. adults with arthritis will increase substantially from 46 million to nearly 67 million.
Patience White, M.D., chief public health officer for the Arthritis Foundation, hopes these new statistics will bring light to arthritis as a rising problem. "Sedentary lifestyles and an aging baby boomer population are putting millions at risk for disabling arthritis," she says. "Coupled with obesity at an all-time high in this country, we are facing a public health crisis if Americans don't take action now."
Fortunately, Dr. White states, there are a number of factors that contribute to joint health that anyone can do, anywhere, at any time. The doctor's top picks include:
* Ward off extra pounds
Many people aren't aware that every extra pound a person gains puts four times more stress on their knees. By watching your waistline, you will have more energy and ability to reach and maintain your goal. Work with a health care professional to determine your personal healthy weight range and follow a diet and lifestyle program.
* Mix it up
A balanced, nutrient rich diet is important for healthy joints. One simple rule of thumb is to eat meals with a lot of variety in color. The more color, the more nutrients you will obtain. Create an eating plan that is realistic to your individual needs and goals, which will help you obtain success.
* Know your options
There are many ways of improving your arthritis pain, depending on your specific needs. Options range from non-drug and natural options to prescription therapies. What works for you may not be the best choice for another. Make a visit to your physician to create a plan that's right for you.
* Walk, walk and keep walking
Simple activities, like walking for 30 minutes or 10 minutes three times a day, can limit the impact of arthritis now and in the future. Walking decreases joint pain, improves mobility, helps keep an ideal weight and promotes overall well-being. People are less depressed and sleep better when they are physically active.
Part of the Arthritis Foundation's efforts to get Americans walking is through its annual Arthritis Walk event held each May during National Arthritis Month. Nationally sponsored by Nature Made TripleFlex, a joint health supplement, Arthritis Walk events are held in communities across the nation to help raise awareness and generate funds for research and programs. Walkers can sign-up as a team and come out to support a family member or friend. Dogs are welcome in most sites, too.
To learn more about getting involved in an Arthritis Walk near you, visit www.arthritis.org or call 877-232-2898.