May is Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis Awareness Toolkit

The Virginia Department of Health's Arthritis Program is pleased to share the Arthritis Awareness Month Toolkit for May, which includes a eight new social media messages. These resources address the connection between arthritis and staying active by providing joining Walk With Ease and self management programs.

Read more about how other Virginians improved their balance and health through the Health Management programs.

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  1. Join the VDH Arthritis Program for May Arthritis Awareness Month. The "Spring into Summer" Walking Initiative starts May 1! Visit the Walk With Ease Online Portal to register and start the six-week walking program at:
  2. Get active! Studies show that physical activity can reduce pain, improve body function, improve mood, and increase quality of life for adults with arthritis. It also helps those with other health concerns. Find physical activity programs that work for you: 
  3. The Walk With Ease (WWE) program is a self-directed walking program developed by the Arthritis Foundation. This 6-week program can be done by yourself or with others. Learn more about the WWE program: 
  4. Get connected to programs proven to manage arthritis - Walk With Ease, Tai Chi for Arthritis, and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Visit the Virginia Department of Health Arthritis Program website to find out more: 

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5) The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a six- week workshop for adults with at least one health condition, including arthritis.  It focuses on helping patient’s make decisions, solve problems, and plan activities Learn more: 

6) Managing arthritis is hard. Call the Arthritis Foundation’s toll-free Helpline to get the support you need from experts. Trained staff are standing by with resources that could help you. Call 1-800-283-7800 or email for solutions to your arthritis issues.  

7) Explore ways to incorporate Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based Interventions that help relieve arthritis pain, increase physical activity, and promote well-being that you can build into your patient's treatment plan in this free virtual class for CMEs/ABIM MOCs/CEs. Register at: 

8) Health care providers can send patient referrals for Arthritis Approved Evidence-Based Interventions like the Chronic Disease Self-Management program, Walk With Ease, and Tai Chi for Arthritis, through the VA Unite Us platform. To learn more, contact Hayley Morris at: 

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