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World Arthritis Day

Premier-Care-videoPremier Bathrooms supports NRAS this World Arthritis Day with their “Seconds Matter” Campaign, which is aiming to raise awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis up to and around World Arthritis Day on October 12th. Their video, created especially for the campaign, highlights some of the challenges of living with an inflammatory autoimmune disease. You can watch their fantastic video here.

What does a second mean to you? Does it mean missing the last post or running late and not getting the last train home? For someone with arthritis those seconds are regularly missed and they can turn from minutes to hours in the struggle to get through the day.Premier-Care-banner

The BAcC haworld-spine-day-bannerve provided four posters for the upcoming World Spine Day on October 16th. The posters feature facts, figures and prevention advice on back pain and injuries related to sedentary workplace habits, physical labour and agricultural work.

You can find them here to download and distribute amongst your supporters:

WSD-Poster-v1 “Your Back At Work” poster with blank space for your local WSD event.
WSD-Poster-v2 “Your Back At Work” poster with “Share Your Spine Selfie”.
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The National Osteoporosis Society has had a busy summer. In June, over 100 of the charity’s loyal volunteers came to a two day conference in Bath where they heard updates from a number of teams on the work that is going on including the setting up and improving of Fracture Liaison Services, the upcoming consumer campaign to encourage people to get active in order to keep their bones healthy and the plans for a revised support model for beneficiaries. On day two of the conference, the delegates came to the charity’s head office in Camerton where a letter of support from the President of the National Osteoporosis Society, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, was read out during a celebration lunch.

Later on in the summer stakeholders such as GPs, clinicians, people with osteoporosis, teams from other charities and staff came together to discuss the direction of travel for the way that the charity supports people with the condition. A lively day of debate and interactive workshops was held which gave some great insight into what ‘good support’ looks like and will form the basis of a longer piece of work that the charity is undertaking to ensure that people with osteoporosis are helped in the way that suits them best.
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There is also a survey launching on 4th September which we’d appreciate your support in distributing to people with osteoporosis, perhaps via your newsletters and websites. The survey can be found at www.nos.org.uk/survey.

Paper versions are also available for those who are unable to complete it online – telephone the charity on 01761 471771 to request this format.

Finally, the launch of the charity’s Lace up for Bones campaign is taking place in September in advance of World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October. Please get involved and share far and wide! The aim of the campaign is to encourage people to buy our special orange laces, to put them in their trainers, walking boots and shoes, and to get active in order to keep their bones healthy and strong. Over the coming weeks we’re encouraging as many people as possible to get involved. Find out more at www.laceupforbones.co.uk and please share with friends, colleagues and family using the #laceupforbones.

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EULAR PARE are asking people to take action for WAD and share virtual High 5s on social media, using the hashtag #WADHigh5.

Post WAD High-5 photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to show support for people with RMDs, their carers, family and friends and healthcare professionals, and also raise awareness of RMDs among the general public.

The Thunderclap campaign is being launched at the beginning of September with the goal of mass-sharing a message about WAD on social media across hundreds of social media profiles on 12th October. For more information on all the activities being planned for WAD please download the campaign toolkit.

‘It’s in your hands, take action.’

To kick-off 2015, EUALR is very excited to announce the theme for World Arthritis Day 2015-16:

It’s in your hands, take action.

EULAR will encourage people with RMDs, along with their carers, healthcare professionals, policy-makers, researchers and the general public to seize every opportunity to take action, make a difference and improve the quality of life for people with RMDs.
To bring our theme to life in 2015, we will be asking people around the globe to take action for World Arthritis Day by sharing a ‘High 5’ in support of people with RMDs on social media, using the hashtag #WADHigh5. There will also be the opportunity to participate through additional ‘High 5’-related activities.

We can’t wait for you to share your virtual ‘High 5’s’ and get involved!

As part of the campaign, we will be developing a toolkit to assist you in spreading the ‘High 5’ social media campaign in your own country, as well as ideas for easily-implementable additional activities for 12th October and throughout the year.

We really look forward to continuing the great success of World Arthritis Day this year with your fantastic support and look forward to telling you more about the campaign in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Sending a ‘High 5’ to you all!
#WADHigh5

On behalf of WAD task force,
Maria Batziou
Project Coordinator, EULAR Secretariat