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Arthritis hurts someone you know.

  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
  • Fifty million Americans (I in 5 adults) have been diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor.  
  • Nearly 300,000 children under the age of 18 are affected by juvenile arthritis.
  • Two-thirds of people with arthritisare under the age of 65.
  • Arthritis prevalence increases with age. Approximately 50 percent of adults 65 or older report an arthritis diagnosis.

No one is immune to this disease.

  • Arthritis strikes every racial and ethnic group including more than 34 million Caucasians, more than 4.6 million African-Americans and nearly 3.1 million Hispanics.
  • The term "arthritis" encompasses more than 100 diseases types that affect joints, and other connective tissues. Arthritis can cause mild to severe pain in the joints, as well as joint tenderness and swelling.
  • Sixty percent of all people who have arthritis are female, and several of the more common forms are more prevalent in women.

The cost to the economy is staggering. 
Each year, arthritis results in:

  • More than 40 million outpatient visits
  • Roughly a million hospitalizations.
  • Over 9,000 deaths
  • 21 million people with activity limitations.
  • $128 billion in costs of treatment, lost wages and reduced productivity.

 But the cost to American families is even worse.

  • Arthritis is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. 
  • Pain, fatigue, and inflammation can limit everyday activities, from simple tasks like bathing and dressing to the ability to maintain employment. 
  • Caring for a family member with a prolonged or chronic illness is stressful and draining -- mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially.

The Arthritis Foundation helps. 

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest national nonprofit organization soley dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. We're also the world's largest nonprofit contributor to arthritis research, investing more than $450 million since 1948 toward medical breakthroughs that have led to better treatments and therapies, restoring mobility to countless patients. We help individuals take control of arthritis by providing health education, pursuing public policy and legislation, and conducting programs proven to improve the quality of life for those who live with the disease. Information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-283-7800 or www.arthritis.org. 

And so can you!

Register, form a team, raise funds, and participate in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.

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