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FOR RELEASE: May 6 , 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Workshop Provides Information to Help Relieve Arthritis Pain
May is National Arthritis Month

Several community and government organizations are sponsoring a half-day workshop in Alva to emphasize the importance of physical activity for persons with arthritis. The workshop, "Northwest Oklahoma Doesn't Sit Still for Arthritis," will be held on Thursday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Northwest Technology Center in Alva and is open to the public.

Karen Ross, MD, from the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), will speak on the importance of physical activity, followed by the Arthritis Foundation’s People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) leader, Bill Heaton. Other presentations will focus on the Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program, “Farming and Arthritis” Oklahoma AgrAbility, and a presentation by Shawna Copenhaver with the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Wellness Center.

Sponsoring organizations include: the Arthritis Foundation; Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division; Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, OUHSC Campus; Northwestern Oklahoma State University Wellness Center; Oklahoma Economic Development Authority Area Agency on Aging; Oklahoma AgrAbility; Oklahoma State Department of Health, Arthritis Prevention and Education Program; and the Woods County Health Department.

For registration information, contact the SENIOR INFO LINE at (800) 211-2116 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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