August 21, 2006 10:30 ET

Canadians commit to get fit during Arthritis Awareness Month

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Attention: Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, AUGUST 21, 2006--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 21, 2006) - If you knew that small actions today could prevent you from years of pain and allow you to continue with activities you love, would you do them? Commit to be your healthiest self and join thousands of Canadians who are moving to improve their health by taking The Arthritis Society's Lifestyle Makeover Challenge.

The Lifestyle Makeover Challenge is designed to educate and encourage Canadians to become more active and eat healthier to delay the onset and reduce the disability of osteoarthritis (OA). It only takes 21 days to form a habit and this four week challenge is designed to help create healthy habits for life.

The Arthritis Society urges Canadians to sign up and commit to get fit. Small changes can make a big difference and learning to incorporate change into your lifestyle can be as easy as taking the stairs every time they're an option, drinking more water, eating less red meat and more fresh vegetables and fruit, and opting for low calorie replacements.

The Arthritis Society's staff from across Canada committed to the four week challenge and set personal goals to increase their physical activity level, drink more water and eat more fruits and vegetables. According to President and CEO of The Arthritis Society John Fleming, "our goal is to motivate Canadians to take an active role in their health and arthritis management through the Lifestyle Makeover Challenge, and we wanted to lead by example". As a result 100% of staff participants noticed positive results from their lifestyle changes, including increased energy, improved mental focus, increased endurance, weight loss and better sleep.

In trying to find a cure, The Arthritis Society has learned of ways to reduce the onset and disability of some forms of arthritis by adopting an active and healthy lifestyle. Losing just 10 to 11 pounds translates into a decrease in stress on knee joints by 40 pounds and reduces the risk of needing joint replacement by 25 per cent.

Set your own personal goals and sign up for the Lifestyle Makeover Challenge in time for September Arthritis Awareness Month. The first 1,000 people to sign up will receive a free Thera-Band to help them get started on their Lifestyle Makeover Challenge. To sign up visit

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About the Lifestyle Makeover Challenge
The Lifestyle Makeover Challenge is designed to inform people living with osteoarthritis and those who are at risk about the ways to prevent disability, reduce the chance of developing OA and reduce the impact OA has on day-to-day life by adopting a healthy and active lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle can improve the quality of life for both, people with arthritis and those not affected.

About The Arthritis Society
The Arthritis Society is Canada's principal not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing and promoting arthritis education, community support and research-based solutions, to the more than four million Canadians living with arthritis. Since its inception in 1948, The Society has contributed more than $150 million towards arthritis research to develop better treatments and ultimately, to find a cure for this debilitating disease.

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Contact Information

  • Sinead Canavan, National Communications Coordinator, The Arthritis Society
    Primary Phone: 416-979-7228 ext. 348
    Secondary Phone: 416-697-5905
    Toll-Free: 800-321-1433