May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know that arthritis is our nation’s leading cause of disability? An estimated 50 million adults in the U.S. (that’s one in every five!) report being diagnosed with some form of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia.

One of the best ways to reduce the pain of arthritis is walking. The Arthritis Foundation has created Walk With Ease, a program designed to help people with arthritis manage their pain. Walk With Ease is also ideal for those without arthritis who want to make walking part of their daily life.

The structured six-week program consists of health education information, stretching and strengthening exercises plus walking in each session. Benefits include building confidence that will help participants become physically active. One great aspect of this program is that classes can be held outdoors, making it a great way to get out and enjoy the spring weather.

To learn more about Walk With Ease and other information about arthritis, visit www.arthritis.org.