The True Meaning Behind Memorial Day

While most enjoy the day off filled with barbecues, few understand the true meaning behind Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. As Americans, it is essential for us to remember the roots of this holiday to truly appreciate the celebrations. As an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. This originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself in another major conflict, and the holiday evol

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older. Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about th

Moving in May

There is no better time than Arthritis Awareness Month to get physically active. Start or keep on walking –May is a great time to begin a walking program or recommit yourself to a walking routine. Physical activity has been shown to improve arthritis pain, fatigue, function, and quality of life. Walking is a great way for people with arthritis to be physically active. Ask others to join you for a walk. Walking is recommended —All adults, including adults with arthritis, should get 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) per week and do muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week. If you take brisk walks for 30 minutes a da

Arthritis Awareness Month 2017

Did you know that arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the US today and it affects an estimated 53 million adults and 300,000 children! Spearheaded by the Arthritis Foundation, National Arthritis Awareness Month aims to make people more aware of arthritis and the issues involved. As a condition that affects millions of Americans, it’s important to understand and spread the word about joint health, arthritis prevention and treatment. To help bring awareness, we thought it would be a good time to dispel some of the most common misconceptions about arthritis. Here are 4 Common Myths: Myth 1 – Arthritis only affects the elderly Arthritis does not discriminate- it can happen at an