Arthritis Walk Scheduled for Oct. 19 in Forest Park

SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation invites everyone to take part in the fourth annual Western Mass. Arthritis Walk on Sunday, Oct. 19, through Forest Park in Springfield. The walk will features one-mile and three-mile routes, in addition to activities for non-walkers. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


About 46 million men and women — more and some 300,000 children — in the U.S. suffer from doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

The term ‘arthritis’ actually encompasses about 100 different conditions that affect joints and other parts of the body. It ranks among the most prevalent chronic health problems and is one of the nation’s most common causes of diability.

According to the most recent statistics, arthritis and rheumatic conditions cost the U.S. economy $128 billion annually, and result in 744,000 hospitalizations, and more than 9,000 deaths, and pose activity limitations to 19 million people.

In Massachusetts, 1.25 million adults and 5,900 children live with arthritic conditions. The Massachusetts Chapter is asking for walkers to create and join teams, and for corporate sponsors to get on board and create awareness for the cause.

Participants will be able to write an inspirational message on the Wall of Heroes banner; show spirit with signs, posters, and team shirts; and pick up free arthritis information at the event.

Register online at www.arthritis.org. For more information, call Jennifer Capshaw at (617) 733-2468. The Healthcare News is one of the sponsors of the walk.

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