Arthritis Action: The ABCs & 123s of Arthritis – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

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May is Arthritis Awareness Month – also known as Arthritis Action Month! Hopefully, you’ve been doing your part to spread awareness all month long.

As a reminder, here are the ABCs & 123s of Arthritis, to show how you can take action now against arthritis during the month of May….and always!

May 1: ADVOCATE! Let your elected representatives know that conquering arthritis is important to you!

May 2: BELONG! You or a loved one who lives with arthritis will benefit by becoming a member of the Arthritis Foundation!

May 3: CONNECT! Connect with others to discuss the seriousness of arthritis via Facebook,Twitter and our Community

May 4: DONATE! Your gift to the Arthritis Foundation fuels life-changing research, education and more!

May 5: ENABLE! Check out Ease-of-Use products that can enable you to make everyday life easier! 

May 6: FORECAST! Calculate potential joint pain based on your local weather forecast!May 7: GO!Get moving to raise awareness and funds for arthritis at an Arthritis Walknear you! 

May 8: HONOR! Pay tribute to the life of a friend or loved one by supporting the Arthritis Foundation in their name! 

May 9: INFORM! Learn about the far-reaching scope of arthritis with our eye-openingINFOGRAPHIC!

May 10: JOIN! Join us this July for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Juvenile Arthritis Conference! Also check out our website created just for kids!

May 11: KNOW! Know how to fight arthritis pain!

May 12: LAUGH! See the Three Stooges speak out about arthritis in this historic TV ad

May 13: MANAGE! Manage your arthritis with TRACK + REACT, the online self-management tool! 

May 14: NAVIGATE! Navigate your way to better health with our Movement Tracker and other tools! 

May 15: OBTAIN! Obtain knowledge and power by browsing through our many resourcesfor living better with arthritis! 

May 16: PARTICIPATE! Mix and mingle with others who care about arthritis online and in real time! Join our Facebook Chat about osteoarthritis, 1-2pm ET on May 16!

May 17: QUESTION! Looking for answers to questions you have about arthritis?  Visit our Disease Center!

May 18: REGISTER! Advance arthritis research by being part of the Arthritis Internet Registry!

May 19: SHOW! Show the president why arthritis needs to be a national priority! 

May 20: TELL! Tell the world why the pain and limitations of arthritis are unacceptable!

May 21: UNDERSTAND! Understand what the Arthritis Foundation is doing to search for better treatments and cures!  Read our latest Research Update. Sign up for future Research Updates. 

May 22: VOW! May 22 is Gout Awareness Day.  Vow to learn more about this type of arthritis that affects an estimated 6 million Americans! Visitwww.arthritis.org/goutliving.php and www.tacklegout.org

May 23: WALK! Try “Walk With Ease,” one of our several fitness programs for better living with arthritis!

May 24: XCHANGE! Exchange your tips for dealing with arthritis through our Tip Share app!

May 25: YEARN! Yearning to learn more about arthritis?  Sign up for our e-newsletters and other arthritis management resources! 
Mind Body Spirit — Let’s Talk RA — RA Connect 
Choose Other Resources

May 26: ZOOM-IN! Upload your picture to show how you’ve taken action to change the course of arthritis!

May 27: FACT #1 Did you know that Arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in the U.S.?  Learn the top 10 facts about arthritis

May 28: FACT #2 Did you know there are 2.5 times as many women as there are men withRA?

May 29: FACT #3 Did you know that 300,000 children are affected by arthritis, and that it’s one of the most common childhood diseases in the U.S.?

May 30: FACT #4 Did you know that for every one pound of weight lost, that’s FOUR pounds of pressure off each knee?

May 31: FACT #5 Did you know that 1 in 5 people in the U.S. is affected by some form of arthritis?

Do you have any other arthritis action ideas or tips that you’d like to share? Would you like to let us know how you are celebrating arthritis month? Let us know by leaving a comment, below!

Thanks for reading,

Stay Well,

Ashley Boynes-Shuck

What’s YOUR weapon against arthritis?

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