Arthritis Society to present in Portage, MacGregor
Two people participate in a Joints in Motion event, raising money for the Arthritis Society. There will be two presentations by the Arthritis Society in the Central Plains on Sept. 5, one in Portage and a second in MacGregor. Visit www.arthritis.ca for more information. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Arthritis Society Manitoba/Nunavut Division will be hosting a number of events in the Central Plains in the coming months, including info sessions in both Portage la Prairie and MacGregor.
The first of two info sessions will be held at the PCU Centre in Portage la Prairie on Sept. 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. while the second will be at the Seniors Drop In Centre in MacGregor the same day beginning at 7:00 p.m.
“The Arthritis Society Manitoba/Nunavut Division is pleased to have the opportunity to deliver arthritis education in MacGregor and Portage La Prairie. We invite everyone to join us at no cost to learn the basics about arthritis, what you can do to help prevent arthritis, and tips for living well with arthritis,” said Bonnie Hopps, Education Facilitator for The Arthritis Society Manitoba/Nunavut Division.
The Portage la Prairie presentation will focus more on understanding arthritis – dealing with side effects like fatigue and depression, telling the difference between the many types of arthritis, as well as giving some tips and tricks on how to live with the condition. There will also be a live Tai Chi demonstration designed for people with arthritis.
Tanya Misseghers, the Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator for the Arthritis Society, said the Society hopes to educate people not only on the many different types of arthritis, but also dispel the myth that arthritis is an older person’s disease.
“A lot of people don’t know that there’s juvenile arthritis also Lupus, gout, fibromyalgia – those all are different types of arthritis. We would talk about different risk factors, and we talk about prevention. For example, if you lose ten pounds that’s like taking 40 lbs. of pressure off your knees. Staying active is one of the number one things, to keep moving. Something as simple as walking, it does make a difference,” said Misseghers.
The MacGregor presentation will be more detailed – not only providing that basic information but also discussing the Joints in Motion program, as well as teaching people about juvenile arthritis.
Local MacGregor resident Susan Gray played a large part in bringing the presentation to MacGregor, as she is planning to take part in the Joints in Motion program in Costa Rica in September of 2013.
“Susan has actually signed up to compete in Costa Rica in Sept. of 2013. She helped set up the presentation at the senior’s centre because apparently no one has done that in the recent past,” said Genny Sacco-Bak, Regional Events and Development Coordinator with the Arthritis Society. “Because she is part of the Joints in Motion team she wanted me to talk about the Joints in Motion program and see if there was anyone else from MacGregor who would be interested in perhaps signing up and participating in the event.”
The Joints in Motion program has been running for at least the last ten years, giving people the opportunity to not only raise money and awareness for the Arthritis Society but to do something wonderful for themselves.
“We offer four or five destinations a year and it usually involves a trek or a cycle tour or a marathon. You would sign up for an event, you would fundraise for that event, then you would train for that event. You would then travel with Team Canada to that destination, and then you would compete in that event,” said Sacco-Bak.
Events could be anything from running a marathon in Rome, completing a cycling tour in Portugal, or even running along the beach in Costa Rice like Susan Gray plans to do.
Gray is also responsible for the MacGregor in Motion Family Fun Walk/Run, which will be held on Sept. 23 with all funds going to the Joints in Motion program.
Pledge forms are available from Susan Gray or at the Heartland Recreation Office in MacGregor. There is a minimum of $20 donation for adults and $10 for those 14 and under to participate. You can contact Sue at 685-3019 for more information.
For more on the Arthritis Society visit www.arthritis.ca or call 1-800-321-1433.