Living Healthy with Arthritis Program

Saturday, May 5, 2007 - 8:00am to 12:30pm
  • The Arizona Arthritis Center's annual "Living Healthy with Arthritis" program in conjunction with National Arthritis Awareness Month, offers a half-day filled with inspiration, information and light brunch to help you and family members live fuller, healthier lives. Light brunch included. Keynote speakers and topics are:
  • "Arthritis Research: What's in Our Future," Jeffrey Lisse, MD, interim director, Arizona Arthritis Center; professor of medicine and senior research scientist
  • "The Power of Innocent Optimism," Bonnie Marson, author of "Sleeping with Schubert," and Tucson artist

    "Living Healthy with Arthritis" program highlights:
  • Early Bird Stretch Session at 8 a.m.
  • Choice of one breakout session:
    • "Don't Worry Bead Happy." Make a beautiful bracelet using gem, pear, crystal and glass beads, with artist Shirley Loose. Some hand dexterity required.
    • "Drains and Gains." Learn about whole-brain approaches to energy management, with Liz Barta, RN, CHES.
    • "Managing Your Pain with Medication." Learn about the medical management of acute and chronic pain, with Bridget Walsh, DO.
    • "Relaxation & Breathing." 'Un-stress,' unwind and find peace within, using gentle movement to facilitate relaxation, with Priscilla Potter, founder and director of the Yoga Connection.
    • "Spa Time." Relax and restore as you create your own sugar scrub, bath salts and oatmeal facial scrub from all-natural products, with Michelle Cornett and Emmy Fishman.
    • "Stretch and Go." For those who missed the Early Bird Stretch, Erin Nelson, ACSM, will lead this exercise class designed to promote flexibility and decrease muscle soreness. Suitable for all fitness levels.

Arthritis Facts:

  • More than a third of the 46 million Americans who have arthritis experience limited activity because of their conditions; which may mean they have difficulty with everyday tasks, such as holding a spoon or tying a shoelace.
  • Arthritis is not limited to the elderly. More than half of those diagnosed are under age 65, and 4,000 children in Arizona have arthritis.
  • By the year 2030, nearly 67 million U.S. adults (25 percent) will have been diagnosed with arthritis. The number of U.S. adults with arthritis-related disabilities is expected to increase from 16.9 million to 25 million, resulting in overwhelming societal costs and burdens on the health care system.

Prior registration is requested. Please call (520) 626-5040 or e-mail