SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 8 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

PLACE: University Medical Center, DuVal Auditorium
1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: Media are welcome to cover this event. Speakers will be available for interviews prior to the event and participants will be available for interviews during the event; to make arrangements, please contact Jean Spinelli or George Humphrey, AHSC Office of Public Affairs, (520) 626-7301.

Arthritis affects 70 million adults - one in three - according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arthritis and rheumatic diseases cost the U.S. economy nearly $125 billion in medical payments and lost productivity, according to a recent study published in Arthritis Care & Research. Arthritis affects everyone.
Practical help for those living with arthritis, as well as their family and friends, is the focus of Living Healthy With Arthritis, Saturday, March 15, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at University Medical Center, DuVal Auditorium, Tucson.

The seminar is a community outreach program by the Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Arizona Arthritis Center, a group dedicated to keeping the public informed about the latest advances in arthritis research, education and treatment, and to providing opportunities to learn techniques for living healthy with arthritis.

The program will feature keynote speaker Daniel Baker, PhD, who will discuss "What Happy People Know." Dr. Baker is a medical psychologist specializing in stress and cardiovascular disease; founding clinical director of the Life Enhancement Program(r) at Canyon Ranch Tucson; adjunct professor, UA Department of Family and Community Medicine; and author of the best-selling book, What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better.

Two breakout sessions will allow participants to choose from five activities:

  • Gentle Yoga. Ginny Beal, certified yoga instructor
  • Container Gardening. Nancy McCue, master gardener, Pima County Extension Garden Center
  • Living Humorously With Arthritis. David Jacobson, MSW, inspirational speaker on humor and health
  • Funk Arthrobics (a low- to moderate-intensity exercise class). Erin Nelson, Arthritis Foundation PACE(r) (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) instructor and trainer and CSM Health and Fitness instructor
  • Walking With Ease -- Feldenkrais(r) Method. Lindley Hunter Silverman, MEd, certified Feldenkrais(r) practitioner

The Arizona Arthritis Center offers an ongoing "Living Healthy With Arthritis" program that uses education and exercise to promote optimal health through movement, nutrition, relaxation and stress management. Topics covered in the 12-session series include: an overview of arthritis, understanding medication, stress management, movement therapy, osteoporosis, nutrition, strength training, complimentary and alternative medicine, aquatic exercises and humor therapy. Presenters include Arizona Arthritis Center faculty and staff as well as healthcare professionals from Canyon Ranch, the University of Arizona, University Medical Center and the Tucson community. The program has been made available by a grant from the Lura and David Lovell Foundation. For information on the next series, call Michelle Cornette, RN, program coordinator, Arizona Arthritis Center, (520) 626-5040.

The Arizona Arthritis Center is dedicated to biomedical research into the causes and treatments of more than 100 forms of arthritis and bone and connective tissue diseases, and is committed to helping individuals with arthritis lead healthier lives. In 2001, it was ranked as one of the top 50 centers for rheumatology in the United States according to a U.S. News and World Report survey.