“Give it a TRI” Micro-Triathlon

ArthritisIreland -14A study from the UK, by Dr Stephen Messier, shows that for each pound of body weight lost, there is a 4-pound reduction in knee joint stress among overweight and obese people. Researchers say the results indicate that even modest weight loss may significantly lighten the load on your on your joints.

A cornerstone philosophy at Arthritis Ireland is “moving is the best medicine”. With this in mind, we have launched a unique initiative to engage the Irish public to get out and get active. The Micro-triathlon is the first of its kind in Ireland. It is open to everyone, of all ages and all exercise levels.

John Murray, RTÉ Radio One Presenter, commented: “This is a fantastic idea from Arthritis Ireland. I have been a strong advocate of the benefits of exercise for many years, and with the alarming statistics released from the WHO the Micro-Triathlon couldn’t come at a better time. Ireland has to reverse the ticking time bomb of obesity and the Micro-Triathlon is the ideal goal to help us achieve this.”

Stephanie Casey, Head of Community Development, said: “We know that exercise is the magic pill for arthritis and fibromyalgia. But for many people living with chronic pain, even a short walk can be a huge challenge. We have designed our Micro-Triathlon to suit everyone, whether they have arthritis or simply want to get fit over the summer months. We believe that everyone has the potential to be a Micro-Triathlete!”

The Micro-Triathlon involves a 3km run/walk, 3km cycle and three lengths of a pool/ 30-minute aqua-aerobics class. You can take part as an individual or as a team. It takes place to coincide with National Arthritis Week, on October 10th & 11th, at various locations around the county including Sportslink, Santry on Sunday 11th of October. Registration is €30 for a team and €15 for an individual entry. For more information log on to www.arthritisireland.ie/microtriathlon.

Minister Leo Varadkar goes Back To The School Yard,  in aid of Children with Arthritis 

Arthritis Ireland goes Back To The School Yard with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar – Image 2Children are often the forgotten face of Arthritis with over 1,000 children living with the condition in this country. Arthritis is often seen as an “old person’s disease” however, unfortunately it is also a chronic disease impacting on children and young people in Ireland with more and more cases appearing daily.

A recent online survey conducted by Arthritis Ireland found that over 40% of children diagnosed with arthritis were under 3 years of age and 37% of parents said the most difficult thing about their child having arthritis is the feeling of helplessness and inability to take away their pain. Children with arthritis face daily challenges that can severely impact their childhood, such as not being able to play outside in the school yard, brush their teeth or even hold their mothers hand. Children with arthritis also have to learn to manage their pain with some having injections 1-2 times a week, infusions and fortnightly hospital visits.

Paul Daly’s daughter, Fírinne, was diagnosed with Arthritis when she was only six years old. Paul said: “We were shocked when Fírinne was diagnosed, we didn’t even know children could get arthritis. We manage her condition as best we can but people don’t understand how bad things can get. Sometimes her joints are so swollen, inflamed and stiff. She is in so much pain a hug hurts.”

Arthritis Ireland is campaigning to change this perception with the help of Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. “Back To The School Yard” is a new campaign launched as they raise public awareness about Children with Arthritis and raise much-needed funds for support services to help children and their families. “Back To The School Yard” is a chance for people to organise a day of school yard games in their workplace or community and raise funds for Children with Arthritis.

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health, said: Back To The School Yard is a great a idea for people to get involved in, as Arthritis Ireland raises much-needed funds and awareness for children living with Arthritis. And it also gives everyone an excuse to relive their childhood games.”

For more information log on to www.backtotheschoolyard.ie or call Emma on 01 6470205.

Children – the forgotten face of Arthritis

Arthritis Ireland goes Back To The School Yard with Devin Toner – Image 6Arthritis is often seen as an “old person’s disease” however, unfortunately it is also a chronic disease impacting on young people and children in Ireland with more and more cases appearing daily. There are over a 1,000 children living with the condition today in this country making them the forgotten face of Arthritis. A recent online survey conducted by Arthritis Ireland found that 41% of parents who have children living with the disease said their biggest fear was that their child won’t have a normal life into adulthood and 24% said they worry about their future. 70% of parents also said the most common response they get when they tell other adults their child has arthritis is amazement that the condition actually affects children in the first place.

Ireland has one of the lowest numbers of Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologists in Europe per head of population with the waiting list for diagnosis of children suspected of having arthritis being in excess of two years which is a very worrying statistic according to Arthritis Ireland.

Irene Collins daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with Arthritis when she was only two-and-a-half years old. Irene said: “We were shocked when Grace was diagnosed. It is a condition she lives with daily and people don’t always get what that means and the harsh impact it has on her childhood. Sometimes she’s in so much pain she can’t even walk”.

Arthritis Ireland is campaigning to change this perception. Today, with the help of Irish & Leinster Rugby player Devin Toner, they launched a new campaign to raise public awareness about Children with Arthritis and raise much-needed funds for support services to help children and their families. “Back To The School Yard” is a chance for people to organise a day of school yard games in their workplace or community and raise funds for Children with Arthritis.

Devin Toner said: “I am delighted to be involved with this campaign as Arthritis Ireland raises much-needed funds and awareness for children living with Arthritis. “Back To The School Yard” is such a great idea to get people involved, who wouldn’t love to go back and relive their childhood games? We all have a competitive streak, not just me!”

For more information log on to www.backtotheschoolyard.ie or call Emma on 01 6470205.

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