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The Arthritis Foundation, Southeast Region Georgia office serves all counties across the state and is actively working to reduce the unacceptable impact of arthritis on the lives of 1.6 million adults and an estimated 9,200 children in our state.

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Upcoming Events

2015 Jingle Bell Run-Walk - Atlanta

12/12/2015

Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

Camp AcheAway

The Arthritis Foundation, Southeast Region gives children with arthritis the opportunity to make lifetime memories through camp.The specialty, residential juvenile arthritis summer camps focus on what campers can do, not what they can’t do. Campers are able to learn from others who have similar conditions and experiences. The program is designed to increase campers’ self-esteem by creating opportunities for them to meet personal challenges.

The camp offers most traditional summer camp activities such as campfires and singing, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, swimming and nature hikes. The camp also has activities that create more of a personal challenge, while adapting to children of all abilities. Some of these activities include: accessible rope challenge course, hand/foot driven catamarans, and adapted archery. All of these things create opportunities for individual accomplishment in a positive and encouraging environment.

Welcome Dr. Vega-Fernandez

We want to welcome Dr. Patricia Vega-Fernandez, M.D., M.Sc., RhMSUS to the department of Pediatric Rheumatology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Vega-Fernandez is an Assistant Professor at Emory University’s School of Medicine and her clinical interests include juvenile idiopathic arthritis, musculoskeletal ultrasound techniques and neurocognitive deficits in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE). 

Dr. Vega-Fernandez joins Dr. Sampath Prahalad, Dr. Sheila Angeles-Han, Dr. Kelly Rouster-Stevens and Dr. Larry Vogler in the Dept. of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Children’s Physician Group of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Vega-Fernandez! 

Programs For Better Living Transition Plan

In an effort to modernize and streamline our mission delivery and focus our resources on activities that can make the greatest impact for people with arthritis, there will be a number of significant changes to the Programs For Better Living (Aquatics, Exercise, and Tai Chi programs).

The Arthritis Foundation is excited to announce we have formed a new partnership with the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA). Effective immediately, the Aquatic Exercise Association will assume all operations and management of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program and the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program.  Click links below for additional information about these changes:

Aquatics Program  (water-based) - information about instructor trainings (including recertification)

Exercise Program (land-based) - information about instructor trainings (including recertification)

Tai Chi for Arthritis - information about classes in your area and instructor trainings (including recertification)

Walk With Ease Program - this program will remain a signature physical activity program of the Arthritis Foundation. For more information, contact Ayana Charleston, Georgia Office Program Director

FAQs regarding the new changes