‘Be Your Own Hero, Strengthen Your Mind and Body’ is the Theme of Arizona Arthritis Center’s ‘Living Healthy With Arthritis 2011’ Conference, Jan. 15

Lectures and breakout sessions feature laughter yoga, arthritis and arts, anti-inflammatory diet, Chinese medicine and more.
“Be Your Own Hero: Strengthen Your Mind and Body” is the theme of Living Healthy With Arthritis 2011, the annual program of learning and fun for everyone presented by the Arizona Arthritis Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The conference will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at University Medical Center, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.
The conference covers information about health and services that help improve daily life and promote strengthening the mind and body to manage arthritis, with lectures and breakout sessions on laughter yoga, arthritis and arts, anti-inflammatory diet, Chinese medicine and more. Posters highlighting Arizona Arthritis Center research also will be on display.
The keynote presentation will be given by Paul Howard, MD, FACR, president of Arthritis Health, Ltd, an integrated medical practice dedicated to the care of adults and children with arthritis, metabolic bone and autoimmune disorders. A practicing rheumatologist, Dr. Howard will present his perspective of the “heroes of arthritis” over the past 30 years and the heroes of the future.
A panel of doctors and alternative therapy practitioners will present breakout sessions promoting patient empowerment through management of arthritis, including: 
  • Loosey Goosey Joints: Hypermobility and Joint Pain, Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR, interim director, Arizona Arthritis Center; professor, clinical medicine, UA College of Medicine. Loose joints make some people exceptional dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters or musicians, but many of them suffer joint pain, injuries and arthritis. Dr. Gall will discuss his perspectives and experiences in the field of hypermobility.
  • Exercise For Life: Thriving With Arthritis, J. Michael Siemans, MS, clinical director of exercise physiology and director of aquatic therapy, Canyon Ranch. Exercise techniques for people living with arthritis that can reduce joint pain and stiffness, build supporting muscle around the joints and increase flexibility and stamina.
  • Arthritis: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective, Linda Joy Stone, OMD, LAc, DiplAc, Acacia Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, Cambric Corporate Center. Discussion and question-and-answer session about treatment strategies, self-care and balancing internal (Yin) and external (Yang) influences that affect health and mobility.
  • Physical Stresses of Osteoarthritis, Randy Raugh, MPT, C-Ped, exercise specialist, American College of Sports Medicine; physical therapist, Carondelet St. Joseph’ s Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic. Simple ways to alter and improve the effect of physical stress on joint cartilage and the abnormal physical stresses that cause osteoarthritis.
  • Taking Trouble Off the Table – How an Anti-Inflammatory Diet can Improve Your Function and Vitality, Janelle White, MD, certified physician nutrition specialist. How small changes in diet can have significant impact on health.
  • Laughter with Gita, Gita (Jill) Fendelman, certified Laughter Yoga teacher; Kripalu-certified yoga teacher. Laughter exercises plus deep breathing, simple stretching and cultivation of childlike playfulness, laughter meditation and deep relaxation. Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Hands on Creativity!, Terri Caminker, local artist and instructor, Canyon Ranch. Create a bracelet while learning Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding.
The conference is presented by the Arizona Arthritis Center and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.
Registration is $12 per person (members of the Arizona Arthritis Center Friends attend free) and includes lunch. Free parking is available in the UMC Visitor/Patient Parking Garage.
In addition, a raffle and silent auction will be held during the conference.
Early reservations are advised; spaces are limited and fill quickly. To register, please call the Arizona Arthritis Center, (520) 626-5040, or e-mail LivingHealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu
For more information, visit the website, www.arthritis.arizona.edu
Living Healthy With Arthritis 2011 kicks off a year-long series of “Living Healthy with Arthritis” monthly talks presented by the Life Compass initiative of the Arizona Arthritis Center and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology. The Arizona Arthritis Center is a research leader focused on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease. Life Compass is a patient-centered program offering education, outreach, services and a place for people to meet others for support, mentoring or just for fun. For more information about the talks, visit the website, www.arthritis.arizona.edu