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FOR RELEASE: May 1, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

CDC Speaker Featured During May, Arthritis Month

Need help learning how to live with the pain of arthritis? Then don’t sit still for arthritis pain and join the Oklahoma Arthritis Network (OAN) and its many partner organizations in the activities planned during May, Arthritis Month.

Teresa Brady, PhD, senior behavioral scientist for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be in Oklahoma to kick off Arthritis Month in May. Brady will speak at the 29th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging, National Center for Employee Development, Marriott Conference Center, in Norman on Tuesday, May 6. Her topic, "Healthy Aging - Reducing the Impact of Arthritis" will cover arthritis self-management education and physical activity. Brady was co-lead on the development of the National Arthritis Action Plan that catalyzed public health activity in the area of arthritis. She is well known for her involvement in self-help arthritis management activities. Other speakers discussing arthritis issues include April M. Borg, MN, RN, Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa, speaking on "Managing Chronic Pain - A Wise Investment" and Marisa New, MPH, OTR, speaking on "The Oklahoma Arthritis Action Plan."

On Wednesday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m., Brady will speak at Public Health Grand Rounds at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City with a videoconference link to the OUHSC Tulsa campus. Her topic will be "Reducing the Impact of Arthritis: Public Health Strategies."

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will host Brady during an OAN meeting and videoconference to selected county health departments on Thursday, May 8. The topic will be on “Synergy Between the National, State and Local Arthritis Efforts.”

The complete schedule of activities for Arthritis Month is listed below:

  • May 4: Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Walk in Tulsa
  • May 6: 29th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging, Norman
  • May 7: Public Health Ground Rounds, OUHSC, Oklahoma City
  • May 8: OAN Meeting and videoconference featuring Dr. Brady
  • May 10: Deaconess Hospital Arthritis Walk & Health Fair, Oklahoma City
  • May 13: Senior Health On The Go, Arbor House, Norman
  • May 16: “Managing Your Arthritis,” Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City
  • May 20: “Physical Activity: A New Approach to Arthritis Management,” Redlands Community College, El Reno
  • May 22: “The Many Faces of Arthritis,” The Fountains at Canterbury, Oklahoma City
  • May (all month): Arthritis Self-Help Courses, Lincoln County Health Department, Chandler

OAN and OSDH will begin a public health campaign called “Physical Activity, the Arthritis Pain Reliever” in the upcoming months. Local OAN partners and county health departments will be encouraging people to get involved in activities like walking, biking, swimming, dancing, gardening and other activities that can help reduce arthritis pain.

For more information about arthritis and activities planned in your community, contact the Arthritis and Prevention Program OSDH Coordinator Marisa New at 405/271-9444 ext. 56410.

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