The seven Regional Arthritis Centers (RACs) are part of a statewide network run by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program (MAOP). For Missouri Arthritis Program information, click here. Click on the map to go directly to each RAC's web page.
It's been a busy few weeks with the start of Daylight Savings Time March 8 and the beginning of Spring on March 20. We've been busy planning out Steps to Better Health classes for you! In Missouri, the saying often goes - "If you don't like the weather, give it a few minutes." With constantly changing weather, you may prefer to take a class at-home on your own time. We offer an Arthritis Toolkit that you can use at-home to learn more about managing arthritis and related conditions. We also offer an independent version of our popular Walk With Ease program. You can request materials for both today!
If you're ready to take a Step to Better Health, there are classes starting in a community near you. If you do not see a class listed, please contact your Regional Arthritis Center (RAC) to see about getting one scheduled!
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! Here at the Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program, we appreciate all of our program leaders and trainers, partners, and especially all of our program participants. On this Valentine's Day, we want to make sure that we don't leave Missouri's caregivers out. Caregivers help to ensure that aging persons or those with chronic health problems can lead a healthy life in their community and home. Often, caregivers help to juggle medical appointments, home care, in addition to their own work, family, and personal commitments. If you are a caregiver, thanks so much for all you do! Our Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) program is also designed for you and we encourage you to make today the day you take Steps to Better Health. We also have online resources available to help you balance caring for the health of a friend or family member and caring for your own health. Happy Valentine's Day!
Whether you're at a doctor's office, urgent care, emergency room, dentist's office, eye doctor, or local pharmacy, this question is often one of the first asked: "Do you have health insurance?". If you don't have insurance, now's the time to check out the Marketplace.
This Sunday, February 15, 2015, is the last day to enroll in a health insurance plan for 2015. Having health insurance not only helps take care of you if you get sick or injured, it also provides preventive care to keep you (and others) healthy and carries a financial benefit. Having health insurance in 2015 ensures you won't have to pay the minimum $325 fee per adult without coverage. According to the Missouri Foundation for Health, more than 219,000 Missourians have already signed up for health insurance via the Marketplace. Financial and personal assistance are available when enrolling and multiple plans are available to help you make the right choice for you and/or your family.
Do you have health insurance? If not, take the time this weekend to enroll!
Are you ready to take a Step to Better Health? Register today for a class starting soon near you! Chronic disease and diabetes self-management programs can help you to take control of your life and improve your overall quality of life. Physical activity programs can help you relieve pain from arthritis and many other chronic health problems, as well as help you lead a healthier life.
Tomorrow, Friday, February 6, 2015 is National Wear Red Day. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease, especially in women. 52% of Missouri adults with heart disease also have arthritis (BRFSS, 2013). It's important for all Missourians to be aware of the risk factors for heart disease. Remember to wear red tomorrow and check out these resources so that you can share with one other person a new fact you've learned about heart disease.
A 77-year old Marshfield resident, Virgil Gleason, has been helping his fellow community members take Steps to Better Health. Gleason, an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program leader, has arthritis. He recognized the benefits of physical activity and became a program leader for the Marshfield and Seymour communities in Southwest Missouri. Gleason was recently featured in a story by OzarksFirst. Check out more about Gleason and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program below!
To find an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in a Missouri community near you, to become a leader of the program, or to request the program come to your town, contact your Regional Arthritis Center (RAC) Coordinator.
Do you have osteoporosis? What has been your experience with osteoporosis? A public relations organization, Alterline, is inviting persons with osteoporosis to share their story and help others gain insight into what it's like to walk in their shoes. For more information, see their flyer here. If you or someone you know is interested in taking part, please complete a short survey here and Alterline staff will be in touch.
Just two weeks into 2015, there is still plenty of time to take Steps to Better Health! Have you considered taking one of our self-management or physical activity classes? We offer classes in communities around Missouri for persons with chronic health problems and/or for caregivers. This week, resolve to check out a class near you - there are lots starting over the next eight weeks.