World Arthritis Day 2011

This Wednesday, 12th October 2011, is World Arthritis Day. This day is all about raising awareness and support for all forms of arthritis. Many organisations, and individuals will be partaking in various events to celebrate such an important day. Some of these events may well be happening near you! So why not go along with your family and friends to show your support? Below is a list of more information about World Arthritis Day itself, as well as some of the things that are happening over the world. Please tell me if you know of events happening near you that you would like to share with everyone.

  • NASS is celebrating by launching ‘Stretch for NASS’, where participating NASS branches will be stretching on (or near to) World Arthritis Day. With branches offering supervised physiotherapy and hydrotherapy sessions what better way to get out the house and get moving? For more information visit the NASS website here.
  • On a similar note Gillian Eames has been given special permission to carry out a stretch routine in Westminster’s Old Palace Yard, helping promote the awareness of Ankylosing Spondylitis. This will be taking place on Wednesday itself, between 14:00-16:00. For more information you can visit Gillian’s dedicated Facebook page.
  • Arthritis Care is asking people to join their ‘Fit to Move’ campaign for patients with arthritis, as well as more able bodied individuals. There are many ways in which you can join in and help raise vital funds for Arthritis Care to carry on helping and supporting those with arthritis. Further details can be found on their website.
  • Paul Burstow, Minister of State for Care Services will be taking part in a webchat to hear about your experiences living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as answer your questions about accessing to physiotherapy. Your questions will be put to him by Ailsa Bosworth of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and Phil Gray of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists on World Arthritis Day. To submit your questions, and find out more follow this link.
If you want to find some of the events happing near you then why not check out this cool map!! You may also be interested in reading how the NRAS marked World Arthritis Day with their visit to Downing Street! Or, you may want to check out the Arthritis Foundations ‘Healing Hands for Arthritis’ campaign to fight arthritis pain.

 

There are many things happening this World Arthritis Day, what will you be doing on Wednesday? Why not tell us……..


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