Metropolitan Washington Arthritis News

The Arthritis Foundation honors Scholarship Advocate, Kiona Harvey

This year, the Arthritis Foundation Mid Atlantic Region gave out 9 scholarships to advocates living with arthritis. Kiona “Kay” Harvey from Columbia, SC was one of the chosen advocates to attend the annual Advocacy Summit on Capitol Hill. The Advocacy Summit is an event that brings people living with and affected by arthritis from every corner of the United States to convene in Washington, D.C. There the advocates learn how to advocate and build a continuing relationship with their Members of Congress. Kiona was able to meet with Joe Wilson, Republican, who is located in the 2nd congressional district of South Carolina. read more

8 Rheumatoid Arthritis Myths

If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a good first step is to learn as much as you can about your disease. In addition to understanding RA better, you may be surprised at how many myths exist. Many people still think that all arthritis is the same, or that only old people get RA. Debunking common myths will help you manage your condition and communicate your experience to your loved ones. read more

The Ultimate Arthritis-Friendly Shoe Guide

Our feet, with their 52 bones, 66 joints and more than 200 muscles, tendons and ligaments, are high-precision instruments that connect us to the earth, support our skeleton and provide balance and mobility. Yet we often neglect and even abuse them – forcing them into footwear that doesn’t fit, that sacrifices function and comfort for style, or that is simply the wrong shoe choice for our particular feet. Anyone who has worn a fabulous pair of shoes for a special occasion, only to tear them off at the first possible moment, knows how painful a bad shoe decision can be. That's especially true when choosing shoes for arthritic feet. read more

Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity Named 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk Corporate Chair

The Arthritis Foundation today named Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity (AOII) as the national sponsor of the 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. The Foundation celebrates the event’s 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades of raising funds for arthritis research, health education and government advocacy to find a cure for the nation’s leading cause of disability. AOII International President Allison Allgier, who will spearhead the 2014 campaign, will serve as the national chair and spokesperson for the event. Allgier has recruited a national Jingle Bell Run/Walk committee comprised of fellow AOII volunteers committed to the cause. In the coming months, the committee of will set goals to secure new revenue for the Arthritis Foundation and help in achieving the event’s national fundraising goal of $9 million. read more

Strawberries Ease Inflammation

Not only are strawberries juicy and delicious, they also may lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. High CRP levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, and levels often spike when people with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus have a flare, as well. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health studying the value of strawberries found that women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely than non-strawberry eaters to have elevated levels of the protein. These health benefits of strawberries come from fruit that’s either fresh or frozen. read more

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