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Americans to “Do Blue” for World Arthritis Day in October

ATLANTA, Sept. 16/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In observance of World Arthritis Day, the Arthritis Foundation is calling on Americans to “Do Blue” on Tues., Oct. 12.  From dressing head to toe with blue (hair) dos to blue shoes – and everything in between – to lighting up national monuments in blue, the effort aims to raise awareness of arthritis in all its forms and to urge the nation and individuals to take action to reduce the impact of the most common cause of disability in the U.S.

“World Arthritis Day is about people joining together and mobilizing to fight arthritis, a disabling disease that affects 46 million people in the U.S. and hundreds of millions around the world,” says Arthritis Foundation President and CEO Dr. John H. Klippel.

Observed every year on Oct. 12 since 1996, World Arthritis Day is part of a global awareness initiative by the United Nations-endorsed Bone and Joint Decade.  This year’s theme is “Let’s Work Together.” A key aim is to increase awareness of the 100+ forms of arthritis and to call on individuals and policymakers to take action to reduce the burden of arthritis.

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  1. Michael Patterson

    There’s something about this that I just don’t buy into. Maybe I’m being dumb, but I don’t see how “arthritis day” will do anything to help the other 100+ forms of arthritis – other than osteo arthritis. Those who don’t know that RA and others are nothing like OA or old folks arthritis, will not learn so by calling it ‘arthritis day’ or wearing blue. Is there something else going on to raise awareness for RA and other auto-immune diseases? Because I haven’t met many folks who know that arthritis can be auto-immune or systemic, or anything other than a few aches and pains. RA (and others) needs a name change, and anything less is going to result in continuing the lack of awareness that exists. In my humble opinion at least. I’d love to be wrong, I’d love to learn that there are provisions for this “A. day” that call attention to RA and how it isn’t arthritis at all (at least as far as most know what arthritis is…)

  2. Gina

    I would like to suggest you visit and look into low dose, long term antibiotic therapy.

    There is also a book you can read on the subject. “The New Arthritis Breakthrough, Including Dr. Brown’s classic, The Road Back by Henry Scammell”

    I can’t offer much in the way of info, since I am new to it myself, but I sure wish someone would’ve told me about it years ago.

    Take care,

  3. Elizabeth

    I did not wear blue. I wore a blue skort and a purple shirt. Blut + purple = rheumatoid arthritis (as opposed to “arthritis” or “osteoarthritis”).
    We NEED a world-wide Rheumatoid Disease observance.

  4. Michelle


    I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time and your blog as well as others have inspired me to start my own. I was diagnosed with RA about 4 1/2 years ago. In the past 2 years I have become involved with awareness and advocacy. Right now I am working on building my blog and also providing links to other sites about RA. I’ve added your site as it is very inspiring and approaches the difficulties of living with RA from a unique perspective.

    Feel free to stop by my blog and check out my personal journeys as well as my work with advocacy and awareness.

    Thanks so much and keep up the great work!


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