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.
The Walk With Ease program is designed to help individuals stay active in order to comfort joints and relieve arthritis pain. It consists of a basic workout regimen, which may seem scary; however, Walk With Ease is very friendly to those just starting or re-starting physical activity programs. It involves a basic warm-up followed by the main exercise (walking). The program ends each session with a cool down to help calm nerves and ease joint pressure. Walk With Ease is offered in a group setting with a trained instructor. It is also offered in an independent format – the class is structured the same and you get the same materials, but you complete it on your own time. You can sign-up for the independent format and still complete the sessions with your friends, family, and co-workers.
The Arthritis Toolkit is an at-home kit that allows you to work on your own time and at your own pace. The Toolkit includes The Arthritis Helpbook. This is a guide to many conditions related to arthritis and also describes how best to manage any health problems.
With schools resuming classes and Labor Day quickly approaching, it may feel like the summer is ending. The summer season will continue for the next month (the Autumnal Equinox is September 22), and we continue to have longer days with a few extra hours of sunlight in the morning and in the evening following a traditional workday. Take the opportunity with the extra sunlight to continue your summer of being active outdoors!
As we mentioned in a recent article, "Walk for Your Health," physical activity is so important for our health.
Understand how to eat with diabetes while still making it enjoyable
Monitor and manage your blood sugar
Start or maintain a regular exercise program
Communicate better with family, friends, and your medical team
Design your own self-management program
Better Choices, Better Health(R) Diabetes is currently being offered at NO COST for participants. This online program requires an internet connection and participants log-on 2-3 times per week for approximately 2 hours total each week.
Another self-management resource for persons with diabetes living in southwest Missouri, is to take an in-person Diabetes Self-Management Program course. This course is taught by lay leaders and runs for 2.5 hours each week for 6 weeks. To learn more about upcoming course offerings in the Springfield and Ava, Missouri areas, please click here or contact Heather Scott, Southwest Missouri RAC Coordinator.
How much are you walking each day? Whether you are just walking or wheeling to the mailbox or to the end of the driveway to get your paper every day, or if you are actively making an effort to go on a walk most days of the week, most of us spend more time than we think on the move. This is important to our health! The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (CDC) recommends that all adults, even those with disabilities, get at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate intensity, aerobic physical activity (such as brisk walking) per week.
Free six-week course begins July 2 in Springfield and July 16 in Mountain View.
Are you having trouble managing your diabetes? If you’re not careful, it can lead to life-threatening complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and even amputation. To help the community take control of the disease, the Southwest Missouri Regional Arthritis Center will present “Living Healthy with Diabetes,” a six-week course that begins Wednesday, July 2. Participants will learn how to do the following:
Communicate effectively with doctors and health care professionals
Fight fatigue and pain
Eat healthier and read nutrition labels
Keep blood sugar in check
Make daily tasks easier
The free course will run from 1-3:30 p.m. each Wednesday starting July 2 through August 6. Each session will be held at Mercy Health Plans, located at 4520 S. National Ave. in Springfield. Space is limited; call (417) 888-6787 to register.
The Mtn. View class run each Wednesday starting July 16 through August 20 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Each session will be held at Mercy-St. Francis at 100 U.S. 60 in Mtn. View. Space is limited; call (417) 934-7010 to register.
The $20 fee for each course has been waived, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Participants will also receive a free book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”
Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
Get more sleep! – Insufficient sleep is associated with many different chronic conditions like arthritis and hypertension, and could be contributing to other problems. If something is preventing you from sleeping 7-9 hours a night, talk with your healthcare provider about ways to minimize the impact.
Move More! – Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate intensity exercise a week. Reaching this goal becomes increasingly difficult, especially with chronic conditions like osteoporosis and diabetes. However, even small amounts of physical activity can reduce pain, stiffness, fatigue, and discomfort. If you’re having trouble getting motivated, or are worried about physical activity while managing a chronic condition, check out our Walk with Ease and Arthritis Exercise programs. These programs are not “one size fits all” and will help you find an exercise regimen that works best for you. Check out our classes and finds what’s available in your area!
Stay on top of your game! – Keeping track of your health needs can almost feel like a full time job sometimes, but seeing your healthcare provider regularly can help you detect health problems early. Pay attention to signs and symptoms – keep a running list to bring to your healthcare provider. Don’t hesitate to call and ask if you think something might be serious. Our Living a Healthy Life (a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) can help you with self-management skills like talking to your doctor, setting goals, and maintaining exercise and nutrition plans. Check out our classes and finds what’s available in your area!
Get your community involved! – Plan a “Wear Blue” day in your neighborhood or office. Set up a fundraiser for a local Men’s Health organization. Bring your peers together for a softball game or hike in honor of the event. Even the smallest steps can help raise awareness for Men’s Health and spread the word in your community
For men with chronic conditions, check out these resources:
Do you struggle with chronic pain? While the majority of us experience pain for a limited amount of time, usually associated with a specific event (fall, sporting injury, overuse, poor body mechanics), there are many who experience pain on a regular basis. Persons with arthritis often experience chronic pain near inflamed or damaged joints. Like other chronic health conditions, chronic pain can affect your quality of life and impact your daily routine. Sometimes, it can be difficult to pinpoint where your pain is and/or why you are experiencing chronic pain.
A new resource, PainSpot, may help individuals with chronic pain identify their source of pain, more clearly describe their symptoms of pain to their health care provider, and identify potential causes of their pain. When you go to www.painspot.com, you can identify as a male or female, identify the spot(s) where you feel pain, and answer questions about this pain. Upon doing so, several possible conditions associated with the type of pain you described are provided.
This online tool may be beneficial for persons with chronic pain to improve their quality of life and the state of their health. Take a look and let us know what you think!