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for World Arthritis Day 2014

Sunday, 12th October

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Support Lupus Awareness Month this October!

October is Lupus Awareness Month and one of the activities planned by LUPUS UK is a challenge to Go That Extra Mile! Go That Extra Mile is a three mile walk, and participants are encouraged to then add a fourth. Walkers should try and find 20 people to sponsor them £1 each. T-shirts are available for free for all sponsored walkers raising in excess of £20.

Find out more about Go That Extra Mile and other awareness activities on the LUPUS UK website.

Living with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD) can make day to day life challenging…

What one thing would make it easier?

Voting has now closed but you can still take a look at the inspiring ideas shared by people from all over the world as part of our competition.

The online voted winning entry, from a EULAR country (see T&Cs), will win an Apple iPad Mini and will be invited to attend the 2014 EULAR Annual European Conference of PARE in Zagreb, Croatia, with expenses paid. The online voted global winner will also win an Apple iPad Mini.

Winners will be announced on World Arthritis Day – 12 October 2014.

Healthy Living feature: Lifestyle Choices

Check out our new Lifestyle Choices feature, which is the latest topic from the Healthy Living series. The Healthy Living series covers different issues of importance to people growing up and growing older with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease. The Lifestyle Choices feature provides expert advice on how to make healthy choices that can make a big difference to your quality of life. You will find information on potential risk factors for RMDs, as well as advice relating to smoking, stress, sleep, alcohol and cannabis.

Living Better, Ageing Well

The theme for World Arthritis Day (WAD) in 2013 - 2014 is Healthy Ageing, growing up and growing older with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease. It covers the physical and mental changes that occur as part of the ageing process from birth throughout our lifespan and the environmental factors that contribute to quality of life. See WAD activities and Healthy Living features.

Planning an event or campaign in 2014?

If you are holding an event or campaign in support of people with RMDs around World Arthritis Day, or at any time of the year, please post it on our Events and campaigns pages. Please let us have the results, including pictures to share your success with other campaigners.

Tools for You

Browse through the 'Tools for You' pages to find the wealth of fantastic information and resources for individuals with RMDs to download in English. For organisations wanting to produce materials we have artwork and design templates.

Let us know how you get on and contact us, or if you are planning an event, post it!

Get Active in 2014!

Discover seven ways to help people with RMDs to be more physically active. Thre is also a ‘Guide to Physical Activity and Exercise’, available for download in English. Artwork and design templates for the guide and activity factsheets are available for organisations to translate and can be found in the Tools for You section.


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