Marzia Puccioni Shields: Hello! I'm Marzia Puccioni Shields, Area Vice President with the Arthritis Foundation. Today I'm talking about what the Arthritis Foundation is doing to help and what research holds for the future.
The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. In addition to funding arthritis research grants to find a cure, the Arthritis Foundation pursues public policy and legislation on behalf of all people with arthritis. We also provide certified land and warm water exercise programs.
The Arthritis Foundation's Life Improvement series is taught by certified instructors and empowers people with arthritis through aquatics and exercise that are proven to increase mobility and reduce pain and stiffness. The aquatics program allows those with Arthritis to exercise without putting extra strain on joints and muscles, the gentle activities in warm water with guidance from a certified instructor help sufferers gain strength and flexibility and enjoy decreased pain and stiffness.
Two other exciting exercise programs that are helpful to Arthritis sufferers are Tai Chi and to walk with these programs. Let's move together the arthritis walk is the Arthritis Foundation's Annual Nationwide event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability.
While these programs and events help in the daily lives of arthritis patients, research holds the key to tomorrow's advances. The Vice President of research with the Arthritis Foundation notes the need to identify biomarkers that can determine what kind of drug is most likely to be successful in a given patient. To accomplish this the Arthritis Foundation is creating registries via two initiatives, through which they will be able to analyze and correlate biological and treatment information for large numbers of people with the disease.
The Arthritis Foundation provides comprehensive information about arthritis through out website, arthritis.
org, or contact at 24-hour 800 number (800) 283-7800. We also provide nearly 100 consumer educational brochures and books in Arthritis Today, the Arthritis Foundation's award winning consumer magazine. So please contact your local arthritis foundation office for more information.