Waukesha County Arthritis Walk Set May 7

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Seventh annual Arthritis Walk expects to draw more than 150 participants

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Participating in the Arthritis Walk is a step in the right direction for anyone who wants to make difference in the fight against arthritis and improve their overall health.

The Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region (AFUMR) will hold its seventh annual Waukesha County Arthritis Walk, a one-day walk to help fight arthritis, the nation’s number one cause of physical disability, May 7. The AFUMR is seeking participants to take part in the fight against arthritis. Participants can register online at waukeshacountyarthritiswalk.kintera.org, or at the event. Participants that raise $100 will receive a free t-shirt and those that raise $200 are eligible for National Arthritis Foundation incentive prizes.

The Waukesha County Arthritis Walk will be held at Fox River Park in Waukesha. Participants can choose between a one-mile or three-mile walk route, both of which start at 10 a.m.

The walk is fully supported and features snacks, water and entertainment. Those not interested in walking are urged to volunteer on the day of the walk, call 414-321-3933 for more information.

In 2010, close to 100 people participated in the Waukesha County Arthritis Walk and raised more than $15,000 for programs and services for the estimated 2.2 million people living with arthritis in the Upper Midwest Region area which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“Arthritis should not be seen as something that comes with age,” Dr. John H. Klippel, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. “We can take steps to prevent and control arthritis by doing things like exercising, eating a balanced diet and educating ourselves on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Participating in the Arthritis Walk is a step in the right direction for anyone who wants to make difference in the fight against arthritis and improve their overall health.”

The Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region will hold 13 Arthritis Walks this year to raise money to fund programs and services. The Arthritis Walk is the signature event of the Arthritis Foundation and takes place in numerous communities across the country.

About Arthritis
Arthritis is a term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect joints, as well as other parts of the body. Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation’s leading cause of physical disability. An estimated 50 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia.

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national, non-profit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases – the nation's number one cause of disability. To learn more visit http://www.arthritis.org.

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