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FOR RELEASE: November 10, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory

What: OKC Doesn’t Sit Still for Arthritis Event

Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 15, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Location: Student Center, OSU-OKC campus, 900 N. Portland,
Oklahoma City - On-site registration is $7.00.

Featuring: This event will feature workshops, interactive demonstrations, and exhibits to inform people about the importance of physical activity as it relates to arthritis. Participants will learn about the availability of several types of physical activities in the Oklahoma City area for persons with arthritis. Event highlights include:

  • Speaker: Karen Ross, MD, Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, speaking on the topic “The Importance of Physical Activity”
  • Interactive Demonstrations: Tai Chi, Yoga, Zendo-Ryu; Arthritis Foundation overview about their exercise-oriented programs, People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE), and Aquatics
  • Panel presentation: "Where are the Movers and Shakers in OKC" by Kristy Potter, OKC Parks and Recreation, and Russ Calhoun, OSU- OKC, Circle of Life

Background: More than 936,000 people in Oklahoma suffer from arthritis and over 100 related conditions. Workshops and interactive demonstrations will inform people about the importance of physical activity to help people take a more active part in their arthritis care and physical activities available in the Oklahoma City metro area.

For more information call 405/650-8381 or the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Arthritis Prevention and Education Program Coordinator Marisa New at 405/271-9444, ext. 56410.

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