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FOR RELEASE: May 3 , 2005
Oklahoma Arthritis Network Announces Arthritis Month Activities
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), there are 731,000 people in Oklahoma who have been diagnosed by their doctors to have arthritis. The 2003 Oklahoma Behavioral Risk Factor Survey showed that 26.8 percent of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis reported they were inactive. The survey also indicated that of those adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, 32.1 percent were obese and another 35.6 percent were overweight.
The Oklahoma Arthritis Network has several activities planned in May, Arthritis Month, to educate the public about arthritis and how to improve their health. “These activities are designed to draw attention to the need for people with arthritis and related conditions to become more active in their own arthritis care,” said Marisa New, occupational therapist and coordinator of the OSDH Arthritis Prevention and Education Program.
Among the activities planned for Arthritis Month are the following:
May 18: College of Public Health Grand Rounds, Oklahoma City
May 19: “Northwest Oklahoma Doesn’t Sit Still for Arthritis”, Alva
May 23: Week of May 23 -- AF PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise)
May 26: OU College of Public Health Alumni Association
The Arthritis Foundation Oklahoma Chapter has planned a series of Arthritis Awareness Walks. To register or for more information contact: Shona Lennon (405) 936-3366 or (800) 627-5486 to get a registration form. For on-line registration view www.arthritis.org . The scheduled walks include:
Arthritis Foundation Eastern Oklahoma Chapter has planned the following events.
For more information about additional activities occurring in your area, contact OSDH Arthritis Prevention and Education Program Coordinator Marisa New at 405/271-9444, ext. 56410 or email@example.com .
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