August 26, 2009 14:01 ET

Physical activity is vital to managing arthritis

Arthritis Awareness Month highlights importance of full treatment program for long-term health of Canadians with arthritis

Attention: Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ALERT--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2009) - September is Arthritis Awareness Month, which The Arthritis Society uses to heighten awareness of the disease and raise funds for arthritis research and services. Arthritis affects nearly 4.5 million Canadians, including children, and is the leading cause of disability in Canada. Sixty per cent of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, making arthritis a serious risk for people of all ages.

While there is no cure for arthritis, an aggressive treatment plan can allow people with this disease to lead active and productive lives. On September 1, The Arthritis Society will issue a news release highlighting the importance of physical activity for managing arthritis pain. The release will also include some revealing results of a recent Ipsos Reid poll of 1,000 Canadian adults that measured the public's attitude about the role of exercise in treating this major chronic disease.

Interview opportunities are available with:

* Nathalie Lambert, Canada's Chef du Mission for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and three-time Olympic medalist, to discuss how she uses exercise to manage her arthritis.
* Steven McNair, President and CEO of The Arthritis Society, to discuss the findings of the Ipsos Reid poll and the impact of arthritis in Canada.
* Dr. Joanne Homik, Chair of The Arthritis Society's Medical Advisory Committee, to discuss the importance of physical activity for arthritis treatment.
* People with arthritis across Canada, to discuss their personal stories of how physical activity helps control their disease.

Watch for the news release and call us for more information.
/For further information: IN: HEALTH

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