Virginia Arthritis News


WIN A FREE TRIP! The Walk to Cure Arthritis National Committee proudly announces two exciting challenges for Walk to Cure Arthritis Teams! Family Team Recruitment Challenge – The Top Recruiting Family Team Captain will receive a trip to Arthritis Foundation’s JA Conference or Advocacy Summit. Qualifications: 1.The top recruiting family team will have the most number of fundraising participants. 2.Team members must raise a minimum of $50 (in honor of the more than 50 million Americans with arthritis). 3.Team members must be registered prior to their local event date. Family Team Fundraising Challenge - Top Fundraising Family Team Captain will receive a trip to the Arthritis Foundation Annual Meeting in Atlanta in November 2014. Qualifications: 1.The trip will be awarded to the captain of the family team with the most dollars raised nationwide. 2.All money must be turned in by June 30, 2014 to qualify for the challenge. Learn more about our Walk to Cure Arthritis. 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

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

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

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