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FOR RELEASE: November 3, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

PACE: People with Arthritis Can Exercise is the Topic at November’s Oklahoma Arthritis Network Meeting

An exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis will be the topic of the next meeting of the Oklahoma Arthritis Network (OAN) this Thursday, Nov. 6.

The OAN will feature a presentation and discussion on People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE), which uses gentle activities to help improve the health of those with arthritis without hurting their joints. The meeting will be held at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City, at 2 p.m. in Room 314, and is open to the public.

Shona Lennon, program director with the Oklahoma Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, will be the keynote speaker to explain the importance of arthritis self-management through exercise. Because there are many different types of arthritis and related conditions, levels of fitness, and degrees of limitation, the PACE classes offer basic and advanced levels of classes. PACE is a community-based, non-clinical group exercise program to help ease the pain, immobility, depression and social isolation associated with arthritis.

OAN features various speakers and presentations for the public to help maximize the quality of life for Oklahomans with arthritis and related health conditions through developing resources, promoting access to health care and offering public health education programs. Currently, there are about 100 public and private health and non-health related organizations in the OAN.

For more information about arthritis, and to learn more about upcoming speakers, presentations and activities available through the OAN, call Marisa New at 405/271-9444, ext. 56410.

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