Dear Joey and other Cape Ann Friends:
There are 50 million Americans living with the pain of arthritis, including nearly 300,000 children. I’m writing today to help North Shore residents fight arthritis pain by moving! Moving is the best medicine to fight arthritis pain!
Regular, moderate exercise, like walking, offers a whole host of benefits to people with arthritis. Mainly, exercise reduces joint pain and stiffness, builds strong muscle around the joints, and increases flexibility and endurance. It reduces inflammation from arthritis and related conditions and lowers the risk of other chronic conditions. It also helps promote overall health and fitness by giving you more energy, helping you sleep better, controlling your weight, decreasing depression, and giving you more self-esteem. Furthermore, exercise can help stave off other health problems such as osteoporosis and heart disease.
So, it’s obviously, you’ve got to move, but sometimes it’s not so easy to get started. When you’re achy and sore, the last thing you want to do is exercise. Here’s a fun way to get started or to add to your current moving: walk in the 2011 North Shore Arthritis Walk! This is such a wonderful and fun event.
Join your North Shore neighbors on Sunday, May 22 at Lynch Park in Beverly to walk a 1 or 3-mile route. Wally the Green Monster will be there to cheer you on! Come back to the park afterwards for a post-walk party with food from the Odd Fellows of the North Shore , The Meat House in Beverly, Papa Gino’s and the Ipswich Clambake Co.. Also included will be a fun prize raffle featuring Red Sox Box Seats, a kid’s tent, drills with the North Shore Rugby Football Club and entertainment on the stage provided by local singer Liz O’Toole.
To sign up visit www.northshorearthritiswalk.org or call 617-219-8234. Let’s Move Together on May 22! Tell all your family and friends and remember – it’s okay to bring your dog – if you don’t have one – I can help with this!