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FOR RELEASE: March 30 , 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Speaker to Discuss Exercising With Arthritis

No Pain ALL Gain: Exercising with Arthritis will be the topic for the Oklahoma Arthritis Network (OAN) meeting to be held on Thursday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Room 314, Oklahoma City. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The guest speaker, Gwenda Sharp, MS, OTR/L, is an adjunct assistant professor within the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She specializes in analysis and facilitation of human movement. Her clinical experience focuses primarily on physical rehabilitation for individuals with neurological and orthopedic problems.

Sharp includes her favorite movement and exercise activity into her lifestyle with Jazzercise© in which she is a certified instructor. She will discuss the importance of movement and exercise to promote flexibility, strength, and endurance in individuals with arthritis. The presentation will address the physical and emotional benefits of having a lifestyle that includes movement activities in daily routines that are related to the individual’s interests, talents, roles, and occupations.

“No matter what your illness or capacity, there is some form of exercise that will benefit you. You must have the courage to find it and try it,” said OAN Chair Betsy Replogle.
The 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.

OAN meeting videoconferencing is available through some county health departments. Current county health department locations are Washington (918) 335-3005, Pontotoc (580) 332-2011 and Caddo (405) 247-2507. Please call them directly to determine seating availability for the April 13 meeting. To find a location near you or learn more information about arthritis and upcoming OAN speakers, presentations, and activities, contact Marisa New, coordinator of the OSDH Arthritis Prevention and Education Program, at (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410, or email her at marisan@health.state.ok.us.

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