It’s time to move for Arthritis Awareness Week

It’s time to move for Arthritis Awareness Week

It’s time to move: State challenged to take 1.9 million steps over 7 days
Arthritis Awareness Week: 29 May to 4 June 2016 – Every Step Counts!

We’re calling on everyone to walk 1.9 million steps collectively throughout Arthritis Awareness Week; one step for every person in New South Wales who lives with arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions.

Time to Move is an opportunity for those who have arthritis, their family and friends, to join together and stand up for arthritis awareness simply by taking steps.

Sponsored by Lilly and AbbVie, the Time to Move: 10,000 Step Challenge is our national campaign to raise awareness and essential funds to help support the 1 in 5 Australians living with arthritis.

This year, Time to Move will coincide with the full seven days of Arthritis Awareness Week, where we’re encouraging people to register to walk 10,000 steps every day for seven days.

Kate Faber, our Acting Head of Community Health Services, said physical activity combined with a healthy diet is one of the best treatments for arthritis.

“Each kilogram of excess weight equates to a fourfold increase in force through the knee joint with every step taken,” Kate said. “This is why physical activity, like walking, and a healthy diet are crucial to helping people manage their weight so they can reduce pressure on their joints.”

“The Time to Move: 10,000 Step Challenge is a fun and inclusive way to take the first step and get people to stand up for arthritis whilst getting across an important health message.”

One of our members, Sema Celtek, lives with rheumatoid arthritis and has been taking on the 10,000 Step Challenge every day since she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2014.

“Every day I try to go for a 40 minute walk to help me reach my 10,000 steps,” Sema said. “I aim to get at least 8,000 out during the day but if I’m falling a little short by the afternoon I get on the cross trainer or walk around the house to reach my goal.”

“I also prepare and pre-pack my meals to help me eat healthier, which helps me keep the excess weight off.”

Individuals and teams can sign up for Time to Move online at www.timetomove.net.au where they can set their challenge and fundraising goal. Whether it be 500 steps or 10,000, every step counds in helping raise awareness for this often invisible dieases.

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For further media interviews or information, please contact Felipe Beltran on 02 9857 3330.