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For Release: February 19, 2008
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

March Arthritis Network Speaker to Discuss Nutrition and Arthritis

“Nutrition and Arthritis: Is There a Relationship?” is the topic for the Thursday, March 6 meeting of the Oklahoma Arthritis Network (OAN) at 2 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City. The program is free and open to the public.

Guest speaker will be Landon Norton, MS, RD/LD, nutrition coordinator for the Oklahoma Physical Activity and Nutrition program, which provides the state plan for fighting obesity. Norton provides nutritional expertise for state efforts to promote healthy eating and also serves as the Oklahoma Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Coordinator for the “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” initiative. Norton’s presentation will include the latest research concerning the relationship between diet and arthritis. He will also discuss reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, and general tips for eating healthy.

If you live outside the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and would like to attend, videoconference locations are available in some communities. Please contact the closest county health department to find the location near you or call 405/271-9444, ext. 56535.

To learn more about the OAN and upcoming events, contact Marisa (New) Wells, coordinator of the OSDH Arthritis Prevention and Education Program, at (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410, or e-mail marisan@health.ok.gov.

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