In observance of World Arthritis Day, the Arthritis Foundation requests that all Americans "Do Blue" on Tuesday, October 12.
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In observance of World Arthritis Day, the Arthritis Foundation requests that all Americans "Do Blue" on Tues., Oct. 12.
From dressing head to toe with blue (hair) dos to blue shoes — and everything in between – to lighting up national monuments in blue, the effort aims to raise awareness of arthritis in all its forms and to urge the nation and individuals to take action to reduce the impact of the most common cause of disability in the U.S.
"World Arthritis Day is about people joining together and mobilizing to fight arthritis, a disabling disease that affects 46 million people in the U.S. and hundreds of millions around the world," said Arthritis Foundation President and CEO Dr. John H. Klippel, in a press release.
Observed every year on Oct. 12 since 1996, World Arthritis Day is part of a global awareness initiative by the United Nations-endorsed Bone and Joint Decade. This year's theme is "Let's Work Together." A key aim is to increase awareness of the 100-plus forms of arthritis and to call on individuals and policymakers to take action to reduce the burden of arthritis.
"Arthritis exacts a hefty financial toll, costing the U.S. economy $128 billion annually," says Klippel. "As the staggering prevalence of arthritis continues to rise, we must as a nation and as individuals take action to reduce the severe health and economic effects of this disease."
To encourage all Americans to take simple steps that will prevent or decrease the pain and disability of arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation is launching several initiatives in support of World Arthritis Day.
The Arthritis Foundation is a leading health organization that addresses the needs of 46 million Americans, including 300,000 children, living with arthritis. The Foundation helps individuals take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; supporting research and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.
SOURCE Arthritis Foundation